Wednesday, November 08, 2006

West Virgina Football & Academics

I've been meaning to get this post out ever since last Friday....

In light of this summer's allegations by the New York Times that Auburn football players received preferential treatment by the Sociology department through independent study courses, I thought it was fitting that when the school released its final report on independent studies late last week, clearing the athletic department of any wrongdoing, no media outlets covered the story. Auburn and the supposed academic scandal was a hot item just prior to the kick-off of the 2006 college football season. People across the country were laughing at Auburn and its players either with a sociology degree or in the program.

Well, watching the West Virginia - Louisville match-up, I found it rather amusing that a majority of the players' profiles from West Virginia shown during the telecast stated the player's major as Athletic Coaching Education. I totally agree that Sociology is not one of the more challenging majors available to Auburn students, but Athletic Coaching Education, come on. Check out the curriculum required to earn a degree in this major. I'm curious as to why the national media doesn't drop its current love affair with the Big East and take a look at West Virginia's academics. Maybe the school gets a pass from the NCAA with academics since a majority of individuals from the state are unable to read? You think many non-athletes are majoring in Athletic Coaching Education? If anyone wants to look at preferential treatment of athletes and academics, I say look no further than Morgantown.


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