I was looking at a new UT commitment today and saw he wanted to be a Petroleum Engineer. UT has a fine school for that compared to many other Div-1 college with big-time football programs. So I got thinking, what is the major of most athletes in college football? There were a number of articles (see one link below) about this and most concluded that athletes are in certain majors at almost all universities in a disproportionate percentage than the general student population.
One professor was quoted as saying that (paraphrasing) "athletes major in eligibility and minor in beating the system."
And many also concluded that while some athletes start out in 'typical' or serious majors, the rigors of the work-out schedule takes its toll and counselors move them back into the cluster majors. Many athletes look back on their college academic work as simply wasted with a worthless degree after they graduate.
There also is some evidence this trend is even more defined when dealing with minority students for whatever reason.
All this should have an impact on recruiting, eligibility, the value of a degree post-graduate, the payment of athletes, the value of a scholarship and a whole host of other issues. What that all means, I am not sure, as I have given it little thought, but I did find it an interesting topic.
I look forward to others well-reasoned comments.