Well if you want to be honest most of the athletes wouldn’t sniff admission if they had to apply with every other student. And in fairness, 50,000 folks don’t come to campus to watch a GTRI presentation. The bottom line is everyone older than 19 knows the deal - colleges put up with athletes because they bring people to campus to spend money. It’s the Roman Coliseum but since we can’t capture people and pit them against each other anymore now we have to convince them to join the school and sacrifice their body for our enjoyment. Some get degrees and improve their overall life and others don’t. Hopefully with the NCAA dying before our eyes a new system will emerge. Besides, within 30 years football won’t exist and we’ll be a soccer/lacrosse country.Clough hated sports. Small group of us met him in LA for dinner, drinks, etc back in the Chan days. Think it was early ’06 and we had gone 5 years straight of 7-5. He spent about 30 mins talking academics, GTRI, etc then opened for questions. Started off with a football question, then another, followed by more football questions. There were some basketball questions & somebody asked about the baseball team. After about 90 mins he bolted, none too happy none of the alums wanted to talk about anything besides sports. I’m not sure there was a single non-sports question asked.
The man did a lot for GT, but I believe he did not respect or value our student athletes. In my opinion he thought most of them did not belong on campus. I’ve only spoken to him 8 or 10 times though, always surrounded by fans and former athletes. Never had him 1 on 1, so maybe someone has a different opinion. Kinda fits with his Berkeley, Dook, Stanford before they had decent sports upbringing.