'Jocks Only' Tutoring Centers Irk Others on Campus
Critics say investing in flashy, athletes-only centers is unfair to other students
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2008 11:41 AM CST
1957 CMU graduate Dick Enberg poses at the student-athlete academic center named in his honor in CMU's Indoor Athletic Complex Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, in Mount Pleasant, Mich.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.