21. The Realities of Athletic Scholarships

Coaches and college admissions share the important interest of needing to make their school attractive to high-caliber applicants. And because so many otherwise qualified applicants also are interested in athletics, admission officers make sure that information about the college’s sports teams is presented in the best possible light.

—Mitchell L. Stevens, author of Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites

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