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.