Texas Tech Expert Addresses Educational Fears in Light of NCAA High School Requirement
May 4, 2007
Qualified educational choices exist for student athletes.
As part of its continuing crackdown on fraudulent preparatory schools, the NCAA
passed legislation last week designed to prevent high-school athletes with low grades
from taking fluff courses at diploma mills to increase their chances of playing college
However, thousands of high-school athletes can attend legitimate preparatory schools,
including Texas Tech University Independent School District, said Supt. Gib Weaver.
Weaver, a sports official for football, basketball and baseball for 25 years, can
discuss how programs such as TTUISD offer non-traditional education without sacrificing
Last year, various news reports detailed how some athletes had used transcripts from
bogus private schools to help shore up their grade-point averages and qualify for
major-college sports programs.
Several college sports officials believe the NCAA’s new legislation could lead many
poor-performing high school athletes to consider attending junior colleges instead
of preparatory schools.
Students who successfully complete full-time curriculum at schools such at TTUISD
will meet NCAA requirements. Students can enroll anytime and have six months to finish
their courses at their own pace with no need for traveling to a community college
campus, and courses can fit in to the student’s schedule. Many courses are online;
the rest are print-based, through fax, e-mail and postal mail.
CONTACT: Gib Weaver, supt. of Texas Tech University Independent School District, (806)
742-7200, ext. 266, or firstname.lastname@example.org.