Should full-time college athletes be part-time students?
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Should full-time college athletes be part-time students?

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In money sports like basketball and football, the demands on the field often take away from the classroom, causing frustration from athletes and administrators. If they were part-time students, college athletes wouldn’t have a big burden to bear academically, making it easier to focus on what they were brought in to do—play sports. Still, allowing this would cheapen the “student-athlete” experience. What do you think? 🏈 🏀

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Student-athletes receive athletic scholarships to attend schools—not academic ones. As much as the NCAA wants to emphasize the "student" part of "student-athlete," scholarship players are brought in to compete in sports first and foremost. Saying otherwise is disingenuous.

With football and basketball, there is a lot of money on the line, so coaches and administrators expect the best performance possible. If the athlete is exhausted after a workout, it's not fair to require them to crack open the books and study a full course load that gives non-student athletes trouble. Allowing them to be part-time is the best option so they can compete to the best of their abilities, and concentrate on one or two classes, instead of three or four courses. 

Here's more from Seth Berger of Sports Illustrated:

I’ve witnessed the recruitment and collegiate experiences of my players, and I believe combination of the hours a D-I player is required to commit to his team and the current academic requirements for basketball players do a disservice to players and to coaches alike.

Student-athletes are students first. An institution is giving them free money to get an education in exchange for participating in a game. If they were allowed to the part-time students, that would go against the spirit of the "student-athlete."

Athletes should know the demands of the playing a sport at a university before they accept a scholarship. If they want to take advantage of the opportunities that come with being a student-athlete, they need to follow the rules and take a full course load. This is nothing new. College sports participants have been doing this for over a century, and it has been successful. 

Here's Lauren Carroll from Politifact with more:

The NCAA calculates its graduation success rate by tracking how many student-athletes graduate within six years of enrolling, including students who transfer between schools in good academic standing. Using this measurement, the NCAA Division I student-athlete graduation rate was 82 percent for students who enrolled in 2006 and graduated by 2012.
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