There has been a stereotype thrown about that getting into college via the sports program is a free meal, an easy ticket.
That one is getting a paid for education not on academic merit but on how hard they can throw a ball, how quick they are or how strong they are.
It’s true that colleges look for those with exceptional athletic prowess, but it is a foolish misconception to think it makes college easy for them.
In fact, the average student might drop over dead if forced to follow the rigorous regiment that Delta’s athletic department utilizes.
Delta’s Assistant Football Coach Doug Murray said there’s much to the ins and outs of the getting into one of the athletics programs.
“The first thing that happens is kind of a dual outreach,” he said. The school will go looking for potential athletes.
At the same time, some potential student athletes hoping to become Mustangs will come in to them as well.
From there, a potential athlete has to follow the basic student guidelines everyone does.
These requirements include taking assessment tests, seeing a counselor and creating an academic plan. There are more requirements.
To be a part of a sports program one must be a full-time student, taking 12 units. Nine of those must be traditional academic units.
A student-athlete must maintain at least a 2.0 academic grade-point average or they risk being cut from the program.
Student-athletes must not only meet the college’s standards, but the athletic department’s
personal standards as well as National Collegiate Athletic Association standards, said Murray.
If requirements aren’t fully met, a student-athlete risks being unable to transfer to a four-year university and continue playing.
The program has fail safes in place to ensure players stay on track and up to speed with their studies.
Student-athletes are required to spend three hours each week in study hall.
Recruiters can come in whenever they want.
Usually, these visits are unannounced, so neither the coaches nor the players know when they will occur.
“And that’s why we make it so that our students are at their best at all times,” said Murray.