At the time (1978) Jay J. Coakley published Sport In Society, the book included the statistic that only 20%, or less, of all college athletes finished their academics sufficiently enough to graduate.
Coakley claimed any good athlete who wanted “to continue sport participation beyond the high school level”, especially those pursuing football, or basketball, must seek to attend college. Indeed, there are only a few exceptions to this idea.
And, he said his research showed that “athletes were receiving an average of three times the amount of financial aid received by nonathletes”.
Is anything new in 2016? Should it be?
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg