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Stanford Imposes New Background Checks On Sports Recruits

By sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Student-athletes recommended by coaches at Stanford will now undergo a background check to confirm their athletic credentials in the wake of the college bribery scandalRead full story

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  • Tip ‘o the berg. This non-verification of credentials was not by accident or lack of oversight. This is by design.

    The lack of verification is supposed to allow coaches “leeway” in admitting athletes who can help with the institutions image. They need to give the leeway to all academic departments because if the only give it to basketball and football for example- then it looks crooked.

    The administration justifies their behavior by saying the students “still have to do the work” once they’re

    Tip ‘o the berg. This non-verification of credentials was not by accident or lack of oversight. This is by design.

    The lack of verification is supposed to allow coaches “leeway” in admitting athletes who can help with the institutions image. They need to give the leeway to all academic departments because if the only give it to basketball and football for example- then it looks crooked.

    The administration justifies their behavior by saying the students “still have to do the work” once they’re in. But that’s not true either. Some professors are part of a system of supporting athletics. They pass student athletes no matter how atrocious their performance, or provide other “accommodations”, such as take-home tests - on the honor system, of course.

    The student athletes know what teachers to avoid, not everyone plays the game. And there are star athletes who have equal academic chops. Everyone is surprised when they see one in a class where they know the professor doesn’t play the game.

    Nor is the problem limited to elite schools. Lots of b-level schools where it’s all the same game. Athletes don’t need to meet admission requirements or be capable of doing the work. Listen to some of the interviews of star student athletes, you can pretty quickly get an idea of who is actually a student and who’s just a ball player for the school.

    This system of non-students as athletes seems to be well known in academia and the general public. There are coaches with standards, it’s very noticeable when they throw them out the window in pursuit of a title.

    The only shocker is the absurd amount of money misguided parents would illegally spend so they have bragging rights about where their child goes to school. And some students appear to be complicit. It’s gotta raise some flags when your mom wants crew pictures for your college application and you don’t know what crew is.

  • It’s kind of shocking to me that this wasn’t happening before. Uber drivers have to get background checks, but recruiters at elite schools don’t?

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