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New 2.3 GPA requirement will force redshirts for academic reasons

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Every fall there are plenty of incoming freshmen who sit out a season with a redshirt for any number of reasons. Some sit out to get a year of growth in them before being ready to take the field. Others are labeled with a redshirt because the depth at a position is so deep. Now the NCAA looks to force players to take a redshirt if their grades are not up to par.

Beginning in 2016, incoming freshmen will be required to sit out the season with an academic redshirt if they come to school with below a 2.3 GPA out of high school.

As reported by Coaching Search, “the NCAA sliding scale is still in effect, though any player below the 2.3 GPA in their 16 core courses will not be able to participate in games during the first calendar year at college.”

This is a solid decision by the NCAA in an attempt to place the emphasis on student in student-athlete, and it is one that will put the pressure on high school players to keep their grades up even after signing his (or her) national letter of intent. Senioritis may still exist, but if a kid wants to play the following fall out of high school, keeping the grades up will be even more of a necessity.

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15 Responses to “New 2.3 GPA requirement will force redshirts for academic reasons”
  1. ttalarico says: May 21, 2014 2:22 PM

    The NCAA got this one right!

  2. planecrashguy says: May 21, 2014 2:43 PM

    Kudos to the NCAA for intent, but high school GPAs are not consistent. A 2.3 from a private school with a college prep program is not the equal to the same GPA from a “warehouse” school or one where athletes are given a pass.

  3. dlem7 says: May 21, 2014 2:53 PM

    This is really dumb and another misstep by the NCAA.

    Here is the issue. To qualify by NCAA clearinghouse standards, a student must have a minimum GPA and minimum SAT score. If the student has a 3.5 he only needs an SAT score of 400. If a student has a gpa of 2.3, he now needs an SAT score of 900 to qualify based on the sliding scale. (1600 scale)

    The issue we have today is that many schools want to graduate these prospects so they give these kids super easy courses to get good grades. That way if they bomb the SAT they can still play despite having questionable literacy.

    Set the bar at redshirt with a 700 SAT score. Less than 5% of people who take the test score that low. That is a serious indicator that a student needs extra help and isnt ready for higher education.

    I’m im an educator, I’d take a student with a 2.3 and a 900 sat score over a 3.5 with a 400. If I’m a coach, I don’t care, I just want my player to play.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: May 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    I agree… standardized test scores are the way to go here. All schools aren’t created equal but the test is.

  5. billlittle09 says: May 21, 2014 3:10 PM

    Anyone with a 2.3 GPA from ANY high achool should not be able to get into a 4 year college. Just another move to pretend “student athletes” are anything but.

  6. dcroz says: May 21, 2014 3:20 PM

    Another well-intentioned rule by the NCAA that’s instead going to lead to even more wholesale fraud at the high school level as a higher level of pressure and/or payoffs are placed on administrators to change grades for prospective recruits. And if you have a 3.5 GPA you only need a 400 on the SAT to qualify? Maybe they’ve changed the scoring since I took it a generation ago, but don’t you get 400 points just for filling in your name on the test?

  7. coltzfan166 says: May 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    You would have to be an idiot to not get a 2.3

  8. mauldawg says: May 21, 2014 3:55 PM

    Marshall U will never be able to field a team now.

  9. jimbo75025 says: May 21, 2014 4:16 PM

    billlittle09 says: May 21, 2014 3:10 PM

    Anyone with a 2.3 GPA from ANY high achool should not be able to get into a 4 year college.
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    Meh, 2.3 is a little over a C average. Some people are just lazy in high school and then kick it into gear later. A cookie cutter approach in just looking at a GPA for merit of education is a bad idea anyway. I mean say you had a guy with a 2.1 who had been taking pure college prep classes compared with a guy with a 3.2 who had that because he took 4 years of shop and PE classes. Which would be more likely to not fail out of college after one year?

  10. shaunodame says: May 21, 2014 5:57 PM

    I mean, I didn’t go to the most academically demanding high school, but a 2.3 GPA seems like a joke to me! A lot of these kids come to college having no idea what they are in for. When I got to campus my freshman year the first thing I learned was exactly how much I was going to have to learn to even be a college student. Most kids don’t even know how to study or how to even take notes!

    We need to demand more from our youth. We need to demand excellence. Stop giving trophies for 12th place, put a little drive into these kids and watch how much they come to understand and value their self worth. We can ALL do better.

  11. sportsguy3434 says: May 21, 2014 11:14 PM

    How far do people with an honest 2.0 will make it legitimately in college?

  12. davefromwork says: May 22, 2014 9:03 AM

    Unfortunately, I’m afraid this will lead to greater corruption and finagling at the high school level.

  13. onlyoneleft says: May 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    2.3 is too low. A recruit with anything close to that should be denied admittance.

  14. florida727 says: May 24, 2014 8:25 AM

    Are you telling me they’re trying to put the ‘student’ into STUDENT-Athlete? Wow. Who knew?

  15. abninf says: May 27, 2014 7:55 AM

    A players union would have fought this. yet another reason that there’s no place for unions in society.

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