This one’s mine, I think.
The NCAA’s release of its latest graduation rate figures on Wednesday allowed the association a chance to trumpet further academic progress by Division I college athletes.
It also allowed some coaches and athletics directors to celebrate the triggering of performance bonuses.
At least three Bowl Subdivision football head coaches – including Alabama’s Nick Saban – became set for bonuses of at least $100,000, and several AD’s picked up five-figure sums.
The kids work hard in the classroom and the adults get paid. Why, exactly? It’s not like Saban takes the tests or writes a paper. Saban’s boss, Bill Battle ($40,000 bonus), isn’t personally tutoring Alabama student-athletes.
We know why. It’s so the schools can point to this and trumpet that they’re really serious about academics. Funny, but I thought that was their stated mission in the first place. That their proof is tied to something with a dollar sign just shows what counts these days.