I was extremely distressed to read the recent article about Tom Monaghan. I believed his vision for Ave Maria University, as I understood it, was very sound — a truly Catholic university whose primary focus was excellence in academic achievement.
But alas. That vision has been shattered by this recent announcement. The virus of sports, especially football at our institutes of higher learning, has reared its ugly head once again.
While not a statistician, I do not understand the entrance data as reported. Student athletes are required to have a minimum ACT college testing score of 24 and a grade point average of 3.0. However, 24 — or at least 50 percent — of the football players were deemed academically ineligible. Yet the lower standards for all other entering freshmen are an ACT score of 22 and a GPA of 2.8.
Assuming the reported academic studies program to assist the football players (which sounds very good) is in effect, what does this suggest about the academic performance of the non-athlete students.
Monaghan must be pulling the hairs out of his head. Firing 10 out of 15 head coaches after less than five years suggests a terrible plan to implement sports at Ave Maria on an incremental basis. Firing a football coach of a team after its second year of existence is ludicrous.
Did they expect a Vince Lombardi?