- Aug 17, 2011
Do you think NCAA would be poorer for losing some of the big names like Peng Peng or Danusia ?
I am only just learning about NCAA as we have nothing really comparable here. Although some Universities do recruit overseas students who may be given places over UK- for example Oxbridge and rowing. They will give academic places to the students who will benefit the Uni rowing team. I do know students who have been given Uni places without the necessary academics because of their sporting ability.
But back to NCAA- Is the sport side not almost advertisement for the college? People follow UCLA gymnastics for example, it raises the profile of the college and attracts more applications generally, plus it may also mean the college attracts funding in the form of donations etc.
So does the scholarship system not benefit the college as much as the athletes? Therefore recruiting those who will ensure the athletic programme remains high profile also drives the success and continuation of the programme?
Same for academic scholarships?
DD1 is currently looking at NCAA, although not gymnastics. Quite a few of her team mates have been recruited over the last few years- I don't think the US has maybe the depth of field it has in gymnastics so the coaches are looking elsewhere for athletes that will benefit their programmes- bigger programmes, more money, more scholarships for both US and overseas athletes?