A Note on the AJC’s SAT Study

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published a study on SAT scores of athletes (and football players specifically) versus the total student body. Its biggest bombshell was that the school with the largest gap between football players and the student body was Florida.

It’s worth noting the actual numbers so here is a link to them. Make no mistake: this is not good and it reflects poorly on the university.

Notice the years studied there before you start writing Urban Meyer a strongly worded letter though. The AJC looked at the incoming freshman classes of 2002-04, which were the three Ron Zook years. It already is no secret that Zook wasn’t exactly the strictest on academics, and this is more evidence.

The average team GPA has increased every season under Meyer’s watch, so it would be interesting to see what they end up being during his time. I have a feeling they would be higher than the 890 average that Zook’s recruits had.

It also would have been nice to see the years collected mentioned before the fourth section. It wouldn’t matter as much for Oklahoma, whose data was from 2001-03, a team mentioned almost as much as UF but that still has the same now as then.

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2 Responses to A Note on the AJC’s SAT Study

  1. O-town Gator says:

    “Notice the years studied there before you start writing Urban Meyer a strongly worded letter though. The AJC looked at the incoming freshman classes of 2002-04, which were the three Ron Zook years. It already is no secret that Zook wasn’t exactly the strictest on academics, and this is more evidence.

    The average team GPA has increased every season under Meyer’s watch, so it would be interesting to see what they end up being during his time. I have a feeling they would be higher than the 890 average that Zook’s recruits had.”

    I may be preaching to the choir, but poor academics as well as mediocre on-field performance, lack of player discipline and poor public relations were just a few of the factors that culminated in Zook getting fired – and he brought it all on himself.

    Urban Meyer stresses academics as well as class attendance, and yes, the overall GPA of the team has been increasing. He has been cautious while recruiting to avoid possible academic casualties, unlike Zook.

  2. RHOmea says:

    The idea that incoming football players will have SATs that are competitive with the majority of UF students is both absurd and unnecessary. Student-athletes at the caliber level required to be wear the Gator uniform and play Championship level football will have been required to make a time and energy commitment to football that certainly impedes their ability to progress academically at a very young age.

    Ranked “Highly Competitive” and the 15th best public university (47th national university) by US News last year means that the level of SAT scores among academics is rather high, increasing what would be that naturally existent gap to begin with.

    I have no problem with that as long as these kids, who so few of will actually ever play professionally, get their education and degree so they have a fall back when they finish at Florida or any school.

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