The New York Times reported in 2006 how several universities spent millions building new academic centers just for athletes. The University of Alabama employs 17 people just at its Center for Athletic Student Services. According to the Delta Cost Project, public universities in NCAA Division I sports spend three to six times as much on athletes as they do educating regular students.
So do they deserve it?
Working with Whisper, the secret-sharing mobile app, we found several examples of people anonymously posting a defense of special treatment student athletes receive.
Take a look below and let us know how you feel in the comments, or tweet at us.
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