In this research, faculty reported attempts to influence their academic decisions regarding student athletes. In most instances the pressure was not formal or frequently applied, and it appeared to have little influence on faculty judgments or their willingness to assist athletes. Except for isolated situations of a flagrant nature that are sensationalized by the media, the problem seems not to be a major one.
Larry J. Weber and Thomas M. Sherman are with the College of Education, War Memorial Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Carmen Tegano is Athletic Advisor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37901.