Ever wonder how a university with stringent entrance requirements fields a success football team? Take a look at California, where 95% if the freshman football players on scholarship in 2004 were special admits, according to a study by Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star.
When you compare the Jeff Tedford's team to the general student body, the number is stunning. Only 2% of the student body gained entrance as special admits.
California is not alone. At Texas A&M in 2004, the number was 94% compared to 8%. At Oklahoma in 2002, the number was 81% to 2%. Check out the chart of 31 universities that responded to the Star's request for data.
The findings even appear to have thrown NCAA president Myles Brand for a loss. Asked whether an entire football recruiting class of special admits would be OK, with appropriate help, he replied, "I suppose that's a logical possibility, but that doesn't sound like a reasonable way to proceed."
Former Indiana, Louisiana State and Vanderbilt coach Gerry DiNardo told the story about getting a player with a 710 SAT into Vanderbilt, a highly selective private school.
"No way an average student gets admitted to Vanderbilt with a 710 SAT," said DiNardo, now a commentator for the Big Ten Network. "I had letters from the coach and teacher saying he never missed a day of class. He was admitted, he was one of our better players and he graduated. That's the way the process is supposed to work."
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