The University of Texas took a little heat over player academics, and, to his credit, its president decided to commission a study.
A seven-month investigation into the University of Texas at Austin’s student services for athletes has found no evidence of academic misconduct but offered recommendations for improvement.
The university’s president, Gregory L. Fenves, commissioned the investigation following an investigation by The Chronicle last summer that found the university had appeared to allow academically unprepared players to test the limits of its policy on academic integrity.
The report didn’t find any outright fraud or misconduct, but what it did find was pernicious enough and something you’d expect is fairly widespread in college athletics.
The 49-page report does point out that a majority of the university’s football, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball players — and more than 70 percent of its African-American athletes — were majoring in education. The report encouraged the university to examine why that was happening and to encourage athletes to select a broader range of majors, along with a handful of other recommendations.
How does something like that happen? Well, like this.
Sure, it can be alleviated. Assuming the people in the athletic department want it to be alleviated, that is. Funny how that works.
It’s nice to know “… the National Collegiate Athletic Association was no longer investigating the matter.” The NCAA is more focused on the Big 12 being able to have a championship game right now, anyway.