College football teams headed to bowl games need to shrink the racial gap in academic progress


It is that time of year again where 78 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams are selected to participate in one of 39 bowl games. It is a great opportunity for the student-athletes to represent their schools, their fans, their friends and their families to wrap up the season.

Putting aside the revenue-generating benefits of a bowl game, it is important to remember that these athletes are still students enrolled in a college degree program. Less than two percent of the football student-athletes are given the opportunity to play professional football and the average National Football League (NFL) playing career is less than four years. This means the schools have a social responsibility to provide their student-athletes with the opportunity to receive a quality education and improve…

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