Athletics

College Mascot Mysteries Revealed

Just for fun, let’s talk about college mascots. You’ve seen them cavorting at most every college sports broadcast on TV. They get passed through the stands on the hands of rowdy fans. They wrestle and tease the opposing team’s mascot. They sometimes even toss goodies into the stands for the pleading crowd. In other words, ...

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Rescinding Div. 3 Athletic Scholarship

Question: Can a Division 3 college take back any scholarship given to a freshman to play sports if he or she doesn’t make the team sophomore year? Division 3 colleges do not offer athletic scholarships at all. So any money awarded to a Div. 3 athlete would be based on financial need, academic talent or ...

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Do Colleges Recruit Cheerleaders as They Do Other Athletes?

Question: My daughter is a cheerleader in middle school. She has a 3.9 GPA. She has not taken the SAT yet but her state test scores are about 80% of a perfect score so I am assuming that will translate to about 1272/1600 for the SAT (Is this a reasonable translation?) Do colleges recruit for ...

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Do Colleges Care About My Out-of-School Sport?

Question: Do colleges care if you have a in-school sport or out-of-school sport? I have never been on any sports team in my school but I actually go to this park which is by my house where a team meets every day to practice. I am a speed skater and I have been doing this ...

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College Sports: A Magnificent Obsession

The outcomes of the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky child abuse tragedy have brought us closer to understanding that hero worship and sports idolatry can take some people right off the pier of rational thought. Unless you just parachuted in from another solar system, you no doubt know that Penn State University has been devastated by the ...

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Athletic Scholarships in Division 3?

Question: Can Division 3 colleges give out athletic scholarships? No, Division 3 colleges cannot give out athletic scholarships. However, Division 3 schools CAN give out scholarships that are based on financial need or on other types of “merit.” Usually this means academic merit but it could also be for arts, community service, etc. Sometimes it ...

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Are Extracurriculars Funded by Scholarship “Honors” or “Activities”?

Question: Since sixth grade, my high school senior has participated in extracurricular programs and activities during the school year and summers locally, around the U.S., and overseas. In some cases, the cost associated with certain programs would have prevented my student from being there. In those cases, assistance was requested. In the cases where assistance ...

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How does the NCAA Calculate Minimum ACT Score?

Question: In order to be NCAA eligible, the minimum requirement is a GPA of 2.0 and a combined ACT score of 86. Can you explain to me what exactly this means? I cannot figure it out because the sub-score scales only go up to 18; 18 times 4 is 72 so the way I’m reading ...

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Graduation Rates of The Big Dancers

Have you been watching the seeming wall-to-wall coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament? One can always tell when it’s Big Dance season by listening for (mainly) older women in the supermarket complaining about their “stories” (a.k.a. soap operas) being bumped for b-ball. In the evenings during Dance season, it seems as though every push of ...

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Can D3 Student Accept Lacrosse Scholarship from Alum Group?

Question: Can a lacrosse player in high school receive a scholarship from the high school’s alumni association for use at a specific D-3 college, contingent upon his playing lacrosse? You’ve stumped “The Dean” with this one. I have never encountered this question before, and it’s certainly a good one. Ordinarily, I would think that a ...

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