Colleges Drop SAT Bar for Jocks
Athletes score 220 points lower on SAT than average classmate
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2008 3:13 AM CST
Florida State running back Carlton Jones celebrates with fans after a win. The gap is greatest between University of Florida football players' SAT scores and the average student's.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Though athletes have long enjoyed a break on college admissions, new numbers on how far they lag behind other students on SAT scores have raised concerns of fairness. Nationwide, football jocks average 220 points lower on the SAT than their classmates at 54 universities studied by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Basketball players score 7 points lower than the gridiron stars. The disparity is widest at winning schools. Football players at the University of Florida fall a record 346 points short of the average SAT score.

Coaches insist that recruited athletes must be evaluated more broadly, and argue that sports discipline translates into a competitive edge in the classroom. But athletes often get shuffled into "Mickey Mouse courses, and graduate semi-literate," said a University of California professor. Also hurt are those students rejected to make room for substandard jocks.