Resentment is building as college athletic tutoring centers nationwide get bigger and flashier, the Chicago Tribune reports. Critics say that the multi-million-dollar, athletes-only centers should be open to all. Some suggest that, since the centers are generally funded and run by the athletic department, they create a conflict of interest; a number have been accused of giving athletes a bit too much of a helping hand with homework.
The centers "perpetuate resentment" on campus and exacerbate the stereotype of the dumb jock, says one professor who used to play football for the University of Notre Dame. Defenders say that, because the vast majority of student athletes will need something to fall back on when their dreams of turning pro fail to materialize, the centers play a vital role in developing their non-athletic potential.