To the Editor:
I understand the plethora of problems that surround college athletes and academics. However, the idea of majoring in sports is, in one word, ridiculous (“End the Charade: Let Athletes Major in Sports,” The Chronicle, November 28). Some of the courses that David Pargman suggests potential pro athletes would take in a “sports-performance major” I don’t think would cover enough material to be considered courses.
For example, a person cannot take one course on kinesiology and know an adequate amount of information about the body in motion. On the other hand, a course in heavy-resistance training sounds almost laughable. The athletes already have practice and weightlifting, so what would a class in heavy-resistance training do for them? Furthermore, a scrimmage’s being considered a course is simply ludicrous. What happens if they don’t go pro? They don’t know enough of anything to go in a different direction.
Sorry, but with all due respect, this just wouldn’t work.
The writer is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.