Are there no honest athletes left?

Colleges are for education.

Today, in “23 Florida State athletes accused of cheating,” the AP reported:

Two athletic department academic assistance employees have resigned and 23 Florida State University athletes were implicated in cheating on tests given over the Internet, school officials said Wednesday.

The athletes represent nine sports and 17 of the students are or have been on scholarship. Officials could not identify the students and could not say which sports are involved because of federal confidentiality restrictions.

University President T.K. Wetherell reported the findings in a letter to the NCAA. He indicated inquires are continuing although an internal investigation failed to find conclusive evidence of a more widespread pattern of cheating.

Cheating on the Internet? How hard can that be? The honor system is dead in big college sports. It’s time that colleges were used for education.

(Read the AP report here.)


3 Responses to “Are there no honest athletes left?”

  1. 1 jonolan September 27, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    Oh please! The fact that the students were athletes is immaterial to everything in the case except for it media value. There are no honest students, whether they’re athletes or not.

    A college degree is an investment. Notice that I said degree, not education. Students will do what is necessary to attain that degree so that they can get a return on the huge financial investment they or their families made to get it. With money and “future” on the line, few students would choose not to cheat if they needed to.

  2. 2 yorel47 September 27, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    And that is a sad commentary in itself. At least there are a “few” who would choose not to cheat.

  3. 3 jonolan September 28, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    I’m not sure that there are any who would choose not to cheat. How many of those “few” you mention didn’t need to cheat and therefore didn’t have to make that choice? How many were in position to accept a poor grade and therefore didn’t have to make that choice?

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