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Two months ago SI's Frank Deford lamented in this space that sportswriters seldom win Pulitzer Prizes. Last week a sportswriter, Jackie Crosby, and a city-side reporter, Randall Savage, on the Macon Telegraph and News won Pulitzers for an 18-part series they did last September on academics and athletics at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. The series detailed extremely low graduation rates for athletes—particularly black athletes—at Georgia. Although the situation was considerably better at Georgia Tech, the study concluded: "Not only is there no guarantee that a college athlete will get a full college education...data indicate that there is a strong likelihood that he won't." Here are some of the investigation's highlights concerning Georgia:
?Only 1% of the student body takes remedial course work, compared with 75% of the school's athletes.
?Football players enrolled in remedial programs can play for two entire seasons without taking a single college-level course.
?To retain their eligibility, athletes having academic difficulty flock to easy "crip" courses. One such course shows students how to use the college library.
?The school has an unconscionably low graduation rate among black athletes. Over the past decade only 4% of black basketball players and 17% of black football players have earned degrees. The figures for white athletes were 63% and 50%, respectively. The graduation rate for non-athletes was 61%.
"The series showed that athletes at Georgia go to school for four years and don't get an education," says Crosby, who has left the Telegraph and News and is attending graduate school at the University of Central Florida. "All we did was bring this great injustice to the attention of the public."
THE ERRORS OF HIS WAY
The ever-helpful Mike Downey of the Detroit Free Press offered this tip in a recent column: