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Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
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The tragic stereotype that the only thing a black man can be is an athlete — and a dumb one at that — tortures the nation’s psyche, perpetuated by the very institution charged with enlightenment, the American university.



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What’s now equally unavoidable is this: no matter what the graduation rates, the only smart black men allowed on campus are athletes.


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To be sure, the disparities remain in some cases ridiculous. Top-ranked Louisiana State went into the college football national championship game versus Clemson with a NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 59% for its African American football players, compared with 92% for its white football players. Semifinalist Ohio State had a 56% graduation rate for African American players and 83% for white players.


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Clemson, which lost the title game to LSU, had the highest African American graduation rate among the four teams of 74%, but that still paled to the 100% for white players.


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It should be unacceptable that LSU and Ohio State graduate barely more than half of their black players while graduating most of their white football players.


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Among the 78 bowl teams, the worst combinations of low black graduation rates and high disparities were symbolized by Louisiana Tech (49% for black players and 95% for white players), Oklahoma State (48%/81%) and Kent State (43%/88%).


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Those disparities alone maintain the halo of white intellectual superiority among athletes, a centrifugal force in the conveyor belt of white coaches running majority-black teams, an issue currently bedeviling the NFL.


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Now add in the toxic ingredient of black athletes being grossly overrepresented on campus, and that deprives even the black men who do not play sports credit for their brains.

At LSU, for instance, only one out of every 125 white male students are scholarship athletes. But one out of every 11 black male students are scholarship athletes.

That makes a black male student 11 times more likely than a white male student to be a scholarship athlete.



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At Tulane, Utah State, Wyoming and Utah, every other African American male student is a scholarship athlete, according to the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rates Report.


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Studies past and current show that black men who do not play sports remain trapped in an endless cycle of being asked if they play ball.


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In 2020, it is abundantly clear that the American university can be a dehumanizing invention, opening its arms to black men only if they have quick hands, quick feet and the heart to have their heads bashed in at the line of scrimmage.


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Mr Perfect
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
duh?


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lordguill
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
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It should be unacceptable that LSU and Ohio State graduate barely more than half of their black players while graduating most of their white football players.


I agree, but these schools can't make the players go to class or get passing grades


tiggerthetooth
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
I'll go ahead and suggest that the walk-ons and non-starters are more likely academic focused and those individuals are more likely to be white and not require a scholarship which means they dont get the athletic standards to gain admission. Which means they're more likely to be higher academic achievers.This is just one component.


The REAL truth lies in the system BEFORE these people ever get to college. This is an indictment on PUBLIC GOVERNMENT FUNDED institutions.


Just like when I would tutor college math, I could tell who learned anything in HS and who didnt. This article would suggest it's the fault of the college they dont know their math, but the foundation was set long ago.


And these black players are probably going pro at LSU, Ohio St., Clemson. These are world class athletes. No one is giving them a grade for that in the university.
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ReauxlTide222
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
On what planet would a black athlete be extremely focused on his degree and the college hold him back?

I assure you if Trent Richardson wanted to dominate a marketing degree, he’d have every change in the world.

Buuuuut, he didn’t.


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jlovel7
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
Pretty sure every student athlete has the same tools at their disposal for educating themselves. And those tools far exceed what is given to a non athletic-scholarship student.


FightinTigersDammit
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
Opting for the draft after three years may have something to do with this, also.


big_tuna
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
BINGO


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Buckeye06
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
This could all be 100% wrong but this is my thought on the subject:




It's a tough pill to swallow, but a large % of black athletes at these schools EXPECT to be playing professionally in 3/4 years. If half the roster of LSU/OSU/Bama/Clemson among others are expected to be in the NFL etc. in that period, then a great majority of them are not going to graduate.

Let's say these schools have 80% of their rosters as black or about 65 scholarship players are black. It's not absurd to think that 25-30 of those 65 play professionally at some level (NFL, CFL, XFL as long as it lasts) within 4 years of leaving high school. Most football players are on 5 year graduation plans (if they are on a real plan at all). That is almost half of the black players on a team. That will diminish graduation rates a ton


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VADawg
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
The Undefeated is basically the black version of The Onion. I guarantee you that if the players cared about their grades like they care about football then they're grad rates would be much higher.


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arcalades
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
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Opting for the draft after three years may have something to do with this, also.


that writer probably doesn't have a clue about star players leaving early. he probably barely knows there's a draft. he probably thinks it's racist to have a draft.


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chalmetteowl
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
Maybe white kids need to get better at football


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cypresstiger
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
Maybe they leave for the NFL before graduating?


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Pelican fan99
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
WTF is that garbage.


Way more opportunities are given to black students due to athletics than just about anything else


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ReauxlTide222
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
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The Undefeated is basically the black version of The Onion.
This is a real shot at The Onion.

Seriously.


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auisssa
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
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had the highest African American graduation rate among the four teams of 74%, but that still paled to the 100% for white players.


Well that aint true


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BuckyCheese
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At Utah State, Wyoming and Utah, every other African American male student is a scholarship athlete, according to the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rates Report.


Guess this guy didn't take into account the demographics of the states where these colleges are located.


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High C
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
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The tragic stereotype that the only thing a black man can be is an athlete — and a dumb one at that — tortures the nation’s psyche, perpetuated by the very institution charged with enlightenment, the American university.


Muh psyche is on the rack and I don't like it.


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SlowFlowPro
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
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I agree, but these schools can't make the players go to class or get passing grades


irrelevant to the institutional view of humanity, where individual choice does not exist and we're all products solely of institutional pressuers


michael corleone
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re: Big-time colleges care more about money and winning than black athletes getting degrees
The author of the article references his height and weight in it (5’5”/135), which is rather odd. I think he has other issues going on.


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