Anyone that has read my articles over the past few years should know how I feel about the football program at LSU. For those of you who are unfamiliar, I think it is a joke that they are called “student” athletes at LSU. Morris Claiborne is a startling example of my stigma as he scored a 4 out of 50 on the NFL’s Wonderlic test.
The Wonderlic test, though not the toughest test, is meant to stump even the smartest of men with an increasing scale of difficulty to the question. Physicist average a score of 48, chemist score 31, and historians score a 36. Claiborne got 46 questions out of 50 wrong. Security guards average a score 3 times higher than Claiborne’s. Vince Young, a man who hasn’t stunned anyone with his brightness, scored a 6.
Now, I have no intention of rambling on about Claiborne and his score because I don’t know the kid and I don’t want to drag him through the mud, but I do want to ask one question. How did he get accepted into a major university? Derrick Rose had to have someone take his SAT’s for him just to get into Memphis, a school I never paid attention too before Rose took them to the Final Four. This kid answered 4 questions correctly on a test that isn’t as hard as the SAT. How did he qualify for a scholarship? How did he graduate high school?
I personally feel that, though situations like this happen all around college sports, LSU produces more intellectually challenged individuals than any other program in the country. Jamarcus Russel is a former alum and possibly one of the dumbest men on the planet. I know that there are some fine students and student athletes on the LSU campus, but why is it that the special athletes can’t be special in the classroom as well?
I played football at the division 2 level. For 3 years I practiced 5 days a week while going to classes. I was never a model student, but I graduated with a 3.0 in my major. Division 2 athletes are the same as division 1 athletes when it comes to their dreams of playing professional football. I know for a fact that not one member of the teams I was a part of would have scored as badly as Claiborne did on the Wonderlic. Why couldn’t one of us have had the opportunity to go to a better college to play ball?
It is upsetting to me that opportunities are given to those that haven’t earned them. You don’t earn a free education on the football field unless you can back up your athleticism with decent academic gains. I’m willing to say that Claiborne never set foot in a classroom during his 3 or more years in college. It isn’t possible for an educated individual to score a 4 on the Wonderlic test and I hope that all that score that low are revealed and institutions investigated for their “student” athletes poor performances on the test.