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Sports Specific Major

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by kgator27, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. kgator27

    kgator27 Junior

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    Here is a sport topic to chew on. Ever heard of the “Sport Specific Major”
    movement?

    Here is the theory. Collegiate athletes spend countless hours perfecting their craft in college, but get no academic credit. They all intend to pursue their sport as a career, but there are no guarantees. Many may end up in careers in the field associated with their sport, but never make it professional actually playing that sport. “It’s different”. Or is it?How is that different than a dancer in Fine Arts? The cello player? The thespian? The English major who never writes a book? Why are these degrees and activities considered “legitimate” and students applauded for the drive and dedication they take to perfect their craft, but not the baseball player or lacrosse athlete? Why not give a college athlete the opportunity to achieve a degree in their chosen field? A “sports specific major”. No, they don’t get a free pass and just go to practice, but they get a certain amount of “credit” for the hours they commit to perfect their craft. Then add in marketing, business law, management, finance classses as requirements, but give them credit for what they practice in the field or on the court. Perhaps they don’t become a NFL or MLB star, but maybe they become a HS, college or minor league coach, a HS Athletic director, a scout. There are a million options and routes, just like there is for the actor who never makes a film or commercial.

    Sounds like several colleges are considering starting programs along these lines. Your thoughts?
     
  2. OklahomaGator

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    Interesting idea, I can see a lot of potential classes that could arise and fall into a specific sports major. Let's say "football", you could have classes on rules, strategy, training, offensive and defensive philosophies. How many people are employed in the country in the football coaching profession?
     
  3. 74nole

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    Agree with both of y’all—plenty of avenues to make this work—Surely there is more out there for the players that would love to stay associated with the game other than Graduate Assistant—
     
  4. GatorLurker

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    My dad served in WWII in China and was one of the last servicemen to get back to the US after the war ended.

    He was a smart guy and wanted to go to college to study engineering. Engineering was not his first choice, but it was the fastest major to a career.

    When he got back all of the college slots were already taken.

    So he used his football cred to try and get into schools as he was a well known player. He paid his own way down to Mercer (a decent engineering school in Macon) and they would be happy to admit him, but football players were not allowed to be engineering majors.

    True story. George Halas called the football coach at Purdue and got him to admit my dad. My dad quit the team after the first practice. He didn't graduate from Purdue, however, but transferred to Armour Tech (now IIT) in Chicago after he was smitten by my mother at a party.
     
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  5. 74nole

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    ^^^

    Dave,

    That’s good stuff right there—
     
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  7. gatorbogey

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    Need a sub-major in being a referee.
     
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  8. 74nole

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    Yep—

    With the first chapter being “The Rule Book”—not—

    “Your Rule Book”—
     
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  9. kgator27

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    Definitely warrants consideration when you hear about the 80 hour weeks the kids put in for their sport, oh, and then be a academic student at a top school as hard as Florida.

    Referee positions would be available for those graduates unable to secure head coaching jobs at the Yeehaw Junction YMCA T-ball league
     
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  10. 74nole

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    27–

    Only if they had 3 references—;)
     
  11. kgator27

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