NCAA rules have pushed more college athletes to earn a degree — but also pushed more into easy majors, reports USA Today. At some colleges, football, basketball and baseball players cluster in social sciences (Kansas State), sociology (USC), management (Georgia Tech) or communications (Boise State).
Some athletes say they have pursued — or have been steered to — degree programs that helped keep them eligible for sports but didn’t prepare them for post-sports careers.
“A major in eligibility, with a minor in beating the system,” says C. Keith Harrison, an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, where he is associate director of the Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sports.
My husband has a nephew who gave up his football scholarship because he realized it was impossible to complete an academic major while practicing 40 hours a week.