Report: UGA athletes among the least illiterate

Quarterback Aaron Murray, considered one of UGA's smartest players, demonstrates elite writing skills. (AJC file photo)

UGA graduate and former quarterback Aaron Murray demonstrates elite writing skills. Murray is headed to the NFL draft in 2014. (AJC file photo)

The football season may have been a letdown, but UGA athletes are still winners.

A report by CNN indicates Georgia athletes are among the least illiterate.

In the story titled “Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders,” the Atlanta-based news network says 7 to 15 percent of players admitted to some of the best universities in the nation can’t read at the college level.

CNN asked for SAT and ACT scores from 37 universities; only 21 responded, including the University of Georgia.

At UGA, 7.5% of athletes during a 6-year period (2007-12) scored less than 400 on the reading portion of the SAT or 16 on the ACT reading test, the level considered “college literate.”

Twenty-two of the 7.5% were on the football team. One was on the men’s basketball team and one was on the women’s basketball team. Information for athletes on other teams (baseball, for example) were not included by UGA.

UGA provided combined SAT scores for reading and math portions of the test. The writing portion of the test was usually excluded from the combined score.

The combined average SAT score for athletes at UGA was 941, says CNN. Athletes scored an average of 18.75 on the ACT reading test.

The combined average SAT score for students admitted to UGA was 1,243 on the SAT, said CNN, but that too seems to just include reading and math scores, not writing scores. UGA freshmen averaged a 28 on the ACT.

UGA professor Billy Hawkins, author of “The New Plantation,” which Amazon says “examines the controversial relationship between black athletes and predominantly white NCAA Division I Institutions,” says when colleges admit students that can’t read their textbooks, it’s “another form of cheating.”

“A lot of them are majoring in eligibility,” Hawkins told CNN. “It’s too much for students reading below a college level. It’s basically a farce,” he said. “Students I mentor, many of them are doing well academically, but again it’s under this whole umbrella of maintaining eligibility and I think image construction.”

Many other schools we like to rank UGA against did not provide data.

Alabama, Florida and Florida State said it does not track the college admission test scores of athletes.

Auburn said it would send the information after football season.

Clemson, which beat UGA on the field, didn’t do as well on standardized tests, with 15% of athletes not meeting the “college literate” criteria.

The average SAT verbal score for incoming freshmen in 2012 was 607. Football players scored an average of 455, basketball players 477.

Clemson said some athletes “did not try very hard” on the SAT when they took it because they had already taken the ACT, but the university did not provide ACT scores for most players.

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242 comments Add your comment

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
6:43 pm

ThomAss Brown! Skulking around over here on the dark side after getting run off the sports blogs for being EXPOSED. You can run, duck, and dodge, ThomAss, but you can’t hide. Why don’t you tell us how you already knew the outcome of the FSU-Auburn game BEFORE it was played?

JamVet

January 8th, 2014
6:46 pm

“Gotta’ see what Krauthammer says…”

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are a sad strange little Republican man, gutted. And you have my pity.

WDE

January 8th, 2014
6:54 pm

“UGA athletes among the least illiterate”……hmmm seems like a lot of posts. I shudder to think how many posts this would generate if it read ” UGA athletes among the MOST illiterate” of course 60 % of the trolls are still thinking that is what it said..

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:09 pm

“BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

JV, did you mean to do that? Isn’t that somewhat infantile, even for you?

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:12 pm

Ahhh, reck,

Full of envy, are you? I bet the Barbie doll makes you feel like a big boy.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:13 pm

nole,

I was just trying to let you know that you have time to go get your medication before she comes back on…just trying to help…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:13 pm

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:15 pm

WDE,

You would be right about that. This blog has some wackos…

short memories

January 8th, 2014
7:15 pm

So you are saying that they are not smart enough to understand Grantham’s defense. Is that why they are looking at each other in a confused daze when the ball is snapped?

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:17 pm

They use such horrible language, too. They seem so full of uninhibited rage and confusion…it’s just heart-breaking.

Watch what JV writes here very soon…then reck…then PeterPan…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:18 pm

ooops! PeterPan is another fantasy….never mind…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:20 pm

JV,

Come to Daddy, boy, come on…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:23 pm

JVeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

I promise I won’t hurt you….come here….

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:24 pm

JV,

I promise I won’t pull the Southern Superiority on you tonight. I know how it takes a toll on your self-esteem…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:27 pm

Oh, well. He must be making up his bed. I’ll check back, soon…

reck

January 8th, 2014
7:29 pm

Gut, sorry Peter pan is hairless, got the description wrong, regardless you and Peter Pan together is still a nightmare

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:32 pm

That, my soulful reck, is what you call a misplaced post. How in the world do you connect dots that aren’t even on the same page?

reck

January 8th, 2014
7:37 pm

Gut I connect dots that aren’t on the same page cause the Force is with me

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
7:37 pm

Dadgummit!! Another deer to skin and gut!

Oh, well, JV is really gonna’ be mad when he comes back on here…oohhhhhh my!! reck, you can buddy-up with him and console him in his tantrum…I will be back in time to put him out of his misery.

reck

January 8th, 2014
7:40 pm

Gut don’t know this JV dude, but sounds like you are envious of him

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
7:59 pm

WDE
January 8th, 2014
6:54 pm
“UGA athletes among the least illiterate”……hmmm seems like a lot of posts. I shudder to think how many posts this would generate if it read ” UGA athletes among the MOST illiterate” of course 60 % of the trolls are still thinking that is what it said.
______________________

You’re giving them too much credit. I think it would be at least 70%.

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
8:02 pm

GUTRAKE
January 8th, 2014
7:13 pm
nole,
I was just trying to let you know that you have time to go get your medication before she comes back on…just trying to help…
_______________________

So thoughtful. Don’t know what I would’ve done . . . .

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
8:15 pm

reck, it’s JamVet. Hence the “JV”.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
8:18 pm

nole,

We both know you would have “weirded out” without the meds. But I stepped in…just for you.

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
9:39 pm

Nah, I “weirded out” even with the meds–thanks to your thoughtfulness.

Bob Anderson.

January 8th, 2014
10:23 pm

No need to belittle these all of these players. Go to the true root and source. Since the Bible, prayer, were taken out of schools, the fairy tale of evolution, proven lie, basically telling our children they are worthless, came from a rock from some soup that came from nowhere. Suicide rates are up, crime, drugs, rape and murders. When a lot of us were in school, the biggest problems were chewing gum in class, running in the halls, an occasional fist fight, or skipping school. Along with other brainwashing, indoctrination, intentional dumbing down of our children, to manipulate and control for their agenda. Revisionists, rewriting our true Christian founders, history, with no references to back them up. Today, they are trying to outlaw, highly superior home schooling, the parent’s rights, to take the children’s minds and feed their agenda into them. I challenge any naysayer, any top college grad, any professor to take this test for 6th graders in the 1,800’s. It can be found on wallbuilders.com. Without the Bible questions. David Barton, William ( Bill) J. Federer, have original textbooks, Bibles, letters, documents, statements, all references and more, including but not only, the library of Congress. Dr. Benjamin Rush, founded Harvard, Yale, many universities, based on taking the good news of Jesus Christ,God the Son, to whatever field they were in. Georgia, the first state chartered university and many, many others. Still in stone at Harvard, John 17:3, and in the charters of all of these schools. Dr. Rush stated that if this Republic ( not democracy), nation ever takes the Bible and prayer out of schools, they will not be able to afford to house all of the criminals, within 2 generations of students. Very prophetic. And their education will go downhill. The fed govt was never given the power to control schools, or the subject matter. Parents have the God given, endowed by our Creator, rights to teach their children, school them at home. And this gov’t wants to remove it. Home schooled children are so far above this public school system, but they want your kids. Court judges were never given lifetime appointments. They had to have high character, honesty, integrity and standards. Back then, a Judge giving a death sentence, carried out in days to weeks, the judge would tell them to turn to Jesus, ask for total forgiveness, Him to come into your heart, and be your Lord and Savior. Judges were fired for being drunk in public. They had to hold a high standard, as their decisions affected so many lives; to be worthy to be a servant of we the people, by the people, for the people. The twisted for agenda, Church and State is not a law. It was letters between Jefferson and a Danbury Baptist minister. That no one Christian denomination would have favor over the other in elections. That no denomination would have total control, the best, highest character, integrity would be chosen. 3 weeks before, Jefferson started Church services in the Capital building, with the marine band playing the worship music. He financed out of his pocket to evangelize the Indians. After ground zero, only 2 things stood. The Cross, calling America back. We were blessed more than any, until. The other, the Church where George Washington dedicated this nation to God. The Capital was in N.Y. then. He said that the smiles of Heaven have been on us. We had much prayer, repentance and fasting. No one could ever deny all of the miracles in battles, and in our foundation. I fear for this nation, that if it ever turns from Almighty God, who has blessed us so much, that He is both merciful and just; and if we ever turn from Him, that His hand of blessing and protection will be lifted. I recommend for every one to see or read ‘ The Harbinger’ and the Harbinger Decoded”. You will be totally astounded at this revelation the Lord gave to Jonathan Cahn, the amazing details. Messianic Rabbi, Messianic Jewish man, meaning Jesus is the only, and his Messiah, Lord and Savior. It is amazing all the details only the Lord could reveal to him, and the miracle steps of it being published, to a top best seller. By an unusual situation, he ran into a man of God, who got and gave a word about ‘the catch’ to David Tyree the week before the game. A former alcoholic, drug dealer, who like Deon, Irvin and so many others, received the forgiveness, saving grace, new true life in Christ. Tyree was a backup who dropped every catch in practice the week before the Super Bowl. The Lord gave him a book, also. The Lord even made the statue Manning escape a sure sack or 2 on that play.. America, and every ones only hope, individually now and forever, is humbly repenting, and asking Jesus to live in them, make them new, be their Lord and their Savior. Ask Him to baptize and fill you up with Holy Spirit! God will have you know Heaven is now your home. Lord Jesus who is coming very soon for His, in less than a second. He qualifies you for all of God’s promises, Jesus righteousness for all your sins. His Name in Hebrew is Yeshua which means God of Salvation and safety!

Bob Anderson.

January 8th, 2014
10:29 pm

Glad to see Georgia is the least illiterate. Thank you A.J.C.!

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
10:51 pm

Bob,

A little stream-lining would be in order. These boys are heathen through and through. You know, as well as I do, some don’t make it.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
10:55 pm

Bob,

Also, if you can work in the word “Kool-Aid”, they that hath an ear will hear…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
10:57 pm

Truly, the carnal man doesn’t understand spiritual things, for they are spiritually discerned. To them without the spirit, it is foolishness.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
11:00 pm

These boys are even less than carnal…they’re juvenile. Only a miracle will work for some of them.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
11:05 pm

Of course, you and I know the end of this story. It has to decline this way. The stage must be set by the standard predestined before the foundation of the world was laid. There will be no way out of this calamity but through the Kinsman Redeemer. However, no one is as blind as he who will not see.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
11:07 pm

In closing, being the least illiterate is the least of our problems.

Selah!

Thomas Brown

January 9th, 2014
6:50 am

“Kadence Otto, who once taught at Florida State University, recalled one situation where an academic support tutor would call every week to check up on a starting player.

“I would say, ‘He’s not doing well. He can’t read and write.’ And (the tutor) said, ‘Well, we’ll see what we can do,’” Otto said. That stopped with a career-ending injury. “He’s worth nothing to the team, and I never once heard back from the academic support adviser. He never showed up to class again, either.” “

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/us/ncaa-athletes-reading-scores/index.html?c=&page=1

“Then there was Brenda Monk. In 2009, the former Florida State University learning specialist told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that she was forced to resign from the university as a cheating scandal surfaced in which the NCAA said that tutors were writing papers for athletes and giving them answers to test scores.

Monk denied the allegation that she did too much work for athletes, but she said she saw some of them reading at second- and third-grade levels.

The NCAA levied sanctions against Florida State in 2009, including vacating wins and reduced scholarships.

Florida State did not provide CNN with records in response to our request.”

“(CNN) — Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork.

He couldn’t read or write.

“And I kind of panicked. What do you do with that?” she said, recalling the meeting.

Willingham’s job was to help athletes who weren’t quite ready academically for the work required at UNC at Chapel Hill…

But she was shocked that one couldn’t read. And then she found he was not an anomaly.

Soon, she’d meet a student-athlete who couldn’t read multisyllabic words. She had to teach him to sound out Wis-con-sin, as kids do in elementary school.

And then another came with this request: “If I could teach him to read well enough so he could read about himself in the news, because that was something really important to him,” Willingham said.”

“Linda Bensel-Meyers, who worked for Tennessee until 2003, said a university-hired psychologist would diagnose learning disabilities in athletes and put them in a program without the graduation requirements set for other students.

“Many of the records I looked at revealed that these athletes came to us essentially illiterate and still left the school functionally illiterate,” Bensel-Meyers told CNN.”

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/01/us/college-scores/index.html

This is the URL Link where you see the schools who did and who did not comply freely with the anonymous information requested. What would you conclude about those schools who categorically refused to provide anonymous data ? From what we can see, clearly, I would conclude the ACC is particularly bad, wouldn’t you ?

Thomas Brown

January 9th, 2014
6:51 am

“Kadence Otto, who once taught at Florida State University, recalled one situation where an academic support tutor would call every week to check up on a starting player.

“I would say, ‘He’s not doing well. He can’t read and write.’ And (the tutor) said, ‘Well, we’ll see what we can do,’” Otto said. That stopped with a career-ending injury. “He’s worth nothing to the team, and I never once heard back from the academic support adviser. He never showed up to class again, either.” “

“Then there was Brenda Monk. In 2009, the former Florida State University learning specialist told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that she was forced to resign from the university as a cheating scandal surfaced in which the NCAA said that tutors were writing papers for athletes and giving them answers to test scores.

Monk denied the allegation that she did too much work for athletes, but she said she saw some of them reading at second- and third-grade levels.

The NCAA levied sanctions against Florida State in 2009, including vacating wins and reduced scholarships.

Florida State did not provide CNN with records in response to our request.”

“(CNN) — Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork.

He couldn’t read or write.

“And I kind of panicked. What do you do with that?” she said, recalling the meeting.

Willingham’s job was to help athletes who weren’t quite ready academically for the work required at UNC at Chapel Hill…

But she was shocked that one couldn’t read. And then she found he was not an anomaly.

Soon, she’d meet a student-athlete who couldn’t read multisyllabic words. She had to teach him to sound out Wis-con-sin, as kids do in elementary school.

And then another came with this request: “If I could teach him to read well enough so he could read about himself in the news, because that was something really important to him,” Willingham said.”

“Linda Bensel-Meyers, who worked for Tennessee until 2003, said a university-hired psychologist would diagnose learning disabilities in athletes and put them in a program without the graduation requirements set for other students.

“Many of the records I looked at revealed that these athletes came to us essentially illiterate and still left the school functionally illiterate,” Bensel-Meyers told CNN.”

This is the URL Link where you see the schools who did and who did not comply freely with the anonymous information requested. What would you conclude about those schools who categorically refused to provide anonymous data ? From what we can see, clearly, I would conclude the ACC is particularly bad, wouldn’t you ?

CNN URL LINK

Lee

January 9th, 2014
8:58 am

It’s worse than you think. The article lists the AVERAGE SAT / ACT score, which means there are a good number who are well below the “5th grade” threshold.

It would be interesting if they could publish the scores of the just the starters for each team.

Sambo

January 9th, 2014
4:07 pm

YOU DO UNDERSTAND what you READ, RIGHT?? This means that UGA athletes are among the MOST LITERATE!!! They do well in class. They attend. They Graduate. They make the GRADE. (At least a higher percentage of them than those they were compared to) I am laughing at HOW illiterate some of the people make these comments are…..

?

January 9th, 2014
8:19 pm

And just what is he writing that’s considered elite? His signature?
We all know that Aaron Murray is well educated, but it’s not a good idea to place his picture with this article, showing him as signing autographs…

[...] CNN also says it questioned UNC many times about the research before publishing their story, and they vetted Willingham’s work. CNN also looked at data from several other universities and determined 7 to 15 percent of athletes at other Division 1 schools cannot read at the college level. [...]

zounds

January 10th, 2014
9:42 am

What are the names of the other 16 universities?

The Geezer

January 10th, 2014
3:57 pm

The following appeared in the AJC today.

Naturally it was buried at the end of the article because it was not sensational and controversial and would generate a lot of reader hits. Here it is:

Record-setting academics: The Bulldogs’ 545 scholarship and walk-on athletes combined to record a cumulative GPA of 3.01 on a 4.0 scale for the fall semester. It was the first time they were over 3.0 as a group in the fall.

Tony Geinzer

January 13th, 2014
8:47 pm

I don’t like to call a Spade a Spade, but, in instances where a Program is already on/off a Postseason Ban like Miami of Florida or Penn State, would academic deficinicies en masse lead to a Shutdown of a Program for a Year or 2 like SMU and have to restart with a new set of STUDENT-Athletes, not Athlete-Athletes. I think Doonesbury tried to make light on For Profit Schools having an Athletic Department. I am aware not everyone has to be everyone’s friend, but, the interrelations have to be stronger than having a Moo Cow (and then some) over it.