The NCAA’s day in the life of a student-athlete video isn’t exactly getting boffo reviews from student-athletes.
A sampling of the reviews:
“Completely inaccurate, honestly,” said Tyler Cook, an Iowa forward.
“It’s not true,” said his teammate, Jordan Bohannon.
“I’m a current NCAA athlete, I don’t want to say anything to get in trouble, but that’s not accurate,” said Ryan Kriener, another Iowa player.
“We kind of work a little bit harder than that,” said Grant Williams, the Tennessee forward, who spoke with a touch of modesty.
“I feel like they left out a few things,” said David Crisp, a Washington guard.
Then again, they’re not the target audience.
5 responses to “TFW nobody’s buying what you’re selling”
I think everyone with a brain knows these guys work harder than that video implies.
The NCAA is about as good at PR as GMcG. If I were the NCAA, I would highlight how many of these kids are the first to go to college or how many are doctors, engineers, successful entrepreneurs, etc.
A friend’s daughter, unexpectedly a single mother her senior year of high school, was invited to walk on at a state satellite. She’d been on a succeful AAU team.
Day started with mandatory weights at 5:30 every morning. Her homework started at 8:30 pm. In between, classes and practice. She quickly decided it wasn’t worth it, even with the promise of a scholarship at the end of the season. Too much sacrifice on the part of her baby.
I have a daughter who has decided theater is going to be her thing. For the remainder of high school she’ll have to be at school a hour early every day to take a zero period class that’s mandatory and can’t be fit into her schedule. She’ll have to stay late most days for rehearsals since they do about 4-5 productions per year and probably have some private lessons to hone her skills. Leading up to live performances, she’ll be at school until 10:00 pm+. All of that to come home for homework and studying in a rigorous college prep curriculum.
This problem isn’t just an athletic reality, but she understands the commitment and wants to make it work.
I had the same reality as a music student in both H.S. and at UGA. We had the same 3-4 core classes as any other fine arts major, plus music theory, music history, piano proficiency, and private lessons, at minimum. Then add the performing organizations (chamber, winds, orchestra, jazz, marching band, etc.). I was consistently scheduled for 11-14 separate classes, must earning just one credit hour even though they required 4-6 hours of time. Even more for Redcoats.
HOWEVER, if I wanted to give private lessons to high schools students, book a church gig or wedding, create and sell a recording, work the pit of a local musical/opera production, I could earn whatever the market would allow, without losing my scholarship. I even took a year off to play internationally, and came back with all my UGA scholarships intact. Big difference from a student athlete.
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If they would have been smart they would have videoed several current student athletes in their classroom. No one could have found fault with that.