The perception of many student-athletes on college campuses, especially those in revenue-producing sports such as basketball and football, is that they are Athlete-Students rather than Student-Athletes. In most Division One universities special academic support facilities and resources are available to athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics. Most schools spend millions of dollars on facilities and support staffs to provide student athletes with the necessary assistance to help keep them eligible.
A New York Times article notes that many of the nation’s top athletic programs have invested significant funds in their athletic-academic programs. For example, Louisiana State University spent $15 million to build an academic center for athletes and the University of Georgia built a new facility for $7 million. Temple University increased its academic support budget for athletes by 34 percent after poor academic performance led to scholarship losses imposed by the NCAA. The Times also reported that the University of Southern California spends over $1.5 million annually on tutors and other academic support for its student athletes. The university has
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