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

TinLizzy

January 8th, 2014
4:40 pm

Gut this is where i get the idea:

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:20 pm
Is it just me? Or does someone who types “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA” make you no longer agree with evolution via natural selection?

And i’m a WOman….that’s “Dr.” TinLizzy but i don’t use the Dr. often, sounds pretentious IMO.

Thomas Brown

January 8th, 2014
4:40 pm

Well, good for UGA. Too bad others like the # 91 Best College in America FSU could not be bothered to want to provide their scores. That means they are low. Andrea Adelson of ESPN wrote a piece today on FSU talking about the messy ending for FSU with Bobby Bowden. Bobby Bowden could never pass the SAT at these levels to get in. And, Georgie tek today admitted one who has tried for 2 years now to get in because of these scores; and, it is generally accepted he will be the top running back for years, if he can keep his grades up.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:41 pm

JV,

You’ll be fine. No need for rage here. Sleep it off…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:43 pm

Tin,

If you’re a woman, then my point is proven. NYU really messed you up…

Thomas Brown

January 8th, 2014
4:43 pm

“The Seminoles suffered through an uncomfortable separation from (Bobby) Bowden, who built the program from the ground up”

ESPN today Andrea Adelson

This for the # 91 Best College according to U.S. News and World Report latest rankings. Georgie tek fans like to brag about their # 36 ranking by the same publication and say how poor UGA is at # 63, but there is more difference from UGA to FSU than there is from Georgie tek to UGA.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:46 pm

Tin,

Shouldn’t it be “Doctress”?

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:49 pm

…or “Doctrina”? Maybe “Doctrona”?

Just saying, I wouldn’t let this male-chauvinist world dictate my title in life…nosirreee…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:50 pm

Ha!! “Doctrella”? No?

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:51 pm

JV,

That’s not your room spinning. That’s me breathing on your existence…

TinLizzy

January 8th, 2014
4:52 pm

Gut guess you’re (not your) entitled to your (not you’re) opinion. No idea why you assume NYU messed me up. you know what they say “opinions are like a-holes..everyone has one. Some people are just a$$holes.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:54 pm

Now, I don’t care who you are…that’s clever!

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:58 pm

You know…I don’t really understand all of rage. It’s a useless emotion. Mandela said that “bitterness is like drinking poison and praying that your enemy dies…”

You folks need to lighten up and put this old redneck boy in his place–politely.

wfclyon

January 8th, 2014
4:58 pm

I am a UGA grad and proud of the great strides in academics since I graduated back in 1969. Not certain what to make of term ‘least illiterate.’ To the writer’s credit, he did not use the three remaining words in the American Vocabulary: (1) Like, (2) Awesome, and (3) Amazing.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
4:59 pm

Any takers? Maybe from the northeast? Well…anyone?

irishmafia116

January 8th, 2014
5:01 pm

wanna bet she has a”doctorate” in Education which means it = nothing

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:03 pm

…except tenure in an indoctrination camp…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:04 pm

Face it. I live in your heads–rent-free.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:09 pm

Tin-Tin,

I apologize to you. I thought you were a capable adversary possessing educational credentials far exceeding the normal posters here. I allowed my enthusiastic pulse to lull you in. I’m sorry if I offended you, we need educators in our schools and I hope you do well.

reck

January 8th, 2014
5:14 pm

Gutrake my guess is you are one of the illiterate, either that or you are a wanna be English Prof

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:17 pm

Bad guess, sport. Better luck next time…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:19 pm

I will leave you with this:

“Words are an object of the liberal’s affections, that is, until the letters are re-arranged.”–Gutrake

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:21 pm

TinLizzy

January 8th, 2014
5:21 pm

wrong I am NOT an educator. Not all PhD’s working in a school system are educators. i would rather eat glass than teach a bunch of HS teenagers! It’s been fun playing with you. Over and out.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:22 pm

Me, too, TinLizzy.

JamVet

January 8th, 2014
5:25 pm

So Gutless is a Republican.

That explains everything!!

No wonder the kook has delusions of relevance!

LOL at the poor sot…

reck

January 8th, 2014
5:26 pm

Gut, in response to the following:

“TinLizzy, While I have your attention, I want you to know that I am a white, heterosexual, fundamentalist Christian with a gift of castrating New England liberals. Now you may proceed”

I am a Conservative from Athens, GA who happened to matriculate at Ga Tech, then Harvard, you and your types are the very reason ive had to suffer thru Obama, YES YOU, Mr. Right wing blind, I cant stand your beings, and when you and your brethren screw up the next election worrying about Gay Marriage then I will suffer thru Hilary Clinton and I will hate you worse. Uneducated Conservatives are ruining my life the just as the limousine democrats. Stay in your world, you’ve never ventured out of Atlanta so you don’t know that there is an entire world out there, and it isn’t like your world

LOL@Idiots

January 8th, 2014
5:28 pm

How dumb do 95% of you people feel? Read the title, now process it, wait for the light bulb to go off, there ya go big fella. Use this as a life lesson….more listening and thinking usually produce better results.

Sidebar: I will admit that is a poorly worded title.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:36 pm

JV,

I’m neither Republican or Democrat. I’m a monarchist.

I thought I put you to bed!

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:40 pm

reck,

Really not sure that I need to respond to you. I just don’t feel a challenge being articulated in gallant terms indicative of your youthful exuberance. Since you are certain that history started at your birth, there is a good chance that you are unaware of the definition of conservatism, in general.

That being said, I just don’t think we’re a good fit…sorry…

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
5:41 pm

GUTRAKE
January 8th, 2014
1:19 pm
I give up…
_______________________

Good.

collegemom

January 8th, 2014
5:43 pm

Neither HypoRICHT nor the writer, George Mathis. Perhaps Mr. Mathis could hire a non-athlete to proofread next time.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:43 pm

nole,

I finished gutting the deer, so now I have time for you. Don’t be so impetuous! It ruins your bib.

JamVet

January 8th, 2014
5:48 pm

Gutted, a looney right out of Monty Python is what you are!

Except that their characters are clever and interesting.

You son, are neither. Just fun to use as a whack-a-troll and to mock.

You, gutted, are merely another garden-variety, halfwit con, too embarrassed to admit what he is. Throw in that you are starving for attention from strangers on a blog and voila! Gutted!

Sad, even pathetic, but it’s your miserable life, so enjoy!

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:50 pm

Why all the vitriol? Is something out of your control?

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
5:51 pm

Contractor
January 8th, 2014
1:31 pm
DawgNole,
You were destroyed by logic yesterday. Simply calling me out by mistyping is not a leg up on your part. If that makes you feel like a hero, so be it. Just do yourself a favor and pick only four teams to root for next year. I’m guessing you’re a Yankees fan, Lakers fan, Patriots fan, and Penguins fan as well as a Georgia. Florida State, USC, Notre Dame, and Ohio State fan, right? Classic sidewalk fan that has never even attended a school he pulls for, yet thumps his chest on a blog like he’s ruler of the world. I will shame you on anything you want to discuss. You and MoistDawg make a great team, because neither of you are within ten steps of reality. Y’all must be drinking buddies or Warcraft buddies. Just understand one thing, statistics and facts don’t lie. Bring some to the table to next time you try to berate or belittle someone. I proved my school graduated football players better than both of your schools. What have you proven?
___________________________

You’ve proven absolutely nothing, except that you’re way out of your league. I’ve proven–over and over again–that you’re an ignorant narcissist. Anyone who continues to fall for Moist’s BS–you’re apparently the only one left–shouldn’t be out in public. I’ve never been “destroyed” on a blog–much less by the likes of you–and good luck trying to “shame” me with your lies and distortions.

Tell us again how you “already knew” about your own incompetence in your earlier post. Guess that’s why you didn’t bother to correct your senseless remarks. And be sure to keep responding to Moist. Remember, you’re the only one still stupid enough. Fool.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
5:53 pm

Where would you children be if Narcissus was ugly?

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:05 pm

I agree, hell, if Rousseau gets credit for anything…it’s grown men in tights, riding bicycles on asphalt highways amidst semi-trucks going 65 mph…I’m just saying…–Gutrake

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:06 pm

JV,

I’m not saying you lack in confidence, it’s just that your threshold of success needs a lot of work…

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
6:08 pm

Contractor
January 8th, 2014
2:40 pm
. . . With all the resources at these kid’s disposal they have the makings to create knowledge . . . They are allowed to pick their classes first, take tests outside of class and given more time, free tudors, computers, and just plain and simply more opportunities to succeed.
____________________________

these “kid’s” disposal???

free “tudors”???

What a joke you are–the blowhard who brags about graduation rates at his alma mater. Bama, of all places–that bastion of intellectual superiority. Based on your writing skills, those grads obviously didn’t include you.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:10 pm

nole,

You’re kind of picking gnat-sh$$t out of pepper, aren’t you?

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
6:18 pm

Contractor
January 8th, 2014
3:10 pm
Come on,
I graduated from college with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Accounting, so I fully understand the implications of athletics.
________________________

No such thing as a “Bachelor and Masters degree,” dope. And don’t ask me to explain how you screwed that up; you’d never understand.

Oh yeah, accountants know all about athletics. Perhaps your choice of a major is why you can’t form simple sentences or spell 5-letter words.

At least this latest absurdity of yours shows the others on here what I meant about your narcissism.

reck

January 8th, 2014
6:20 pm

Gutrake, glad to know you are a quitter, you start a fight and then when you get your arse handed to you, you run like the wind, that’s what I expected out of you and you proved me correct, I will sleep well tonight

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:21 pm

Well, it shows me that contractor really gets under your skin…I don’t know about the others…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:22 pm

reck,

You’re reading comic books, aren’t you?

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
6:25 pm

TinLizzy
January 8th, 2014
4:16 pm
Moist…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA just when you think he/she has posted the most moronic statements he/she keeps on typing!!!! I think ROAD scholar is by far my fav now. And are you really using Hulk Hogan as an example? The Roid King? Now there’s a real stand up guy! Almost as funny as UGA holds THEIR (Moist notice not THERE) football players to a higher standard. Must be why Justin Wesley Scott is still on the team….higher….get it? LOL. this is so much fun!
___________________________

Hate to break it to you, TinLizzy, but Moist has sucked you in just like he did the gullible dumbazz “Contractor.” Moist’s a FRAUD, which has been known for quite some time over on the AJC’s sports blogs. You’d do well to ignore him, or you’ll end up looking as silly as he does.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:25 pm

You will sleep well tonight because you have new pajamas with feet in them.

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:26 pm

Tin is no longer here…on-line…nole…

GUTRAKE

January 8th, 2014
6:27 pm

reck,

Gotta’ see what Krauthammer says…so don’t worry yourself sick, little man, I will return.

reck

January 8th, 2014
6:35 pm

Gutrake, after I read the latest Fantastic Four, put on my Spider Man pajamas, and the crawl into bed with my attractive wife, fall asleep, I fear that I may have nightmares thinking about the grotesque, hairy toothless man that you are sharing your bed with.

DawgNole

January 8th, 2014
6:38 pm

GUTRAKE
January 8th, 2014
6:26 pm
Tin is no longer here…on-line…nole…
_________________________

I’m aware of that. Does that mean she can’t come back?

I thought you “quit”? Don’t be a liar like Contractor.