An investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveals a large gap at many universities between the SAT scores of athletes and scores for the student body at large.
In many cases, the SAT scores of football and men's basketball players at schools - mostly public - that compete on the highest and most visible level are hundreds of points lower than average scores of the total student body at those same schools.
The largest gap, according to the report, is at the University of Florida, where the average SAT score for football players is 346 points lower than the average score for that institution's student body.
Florida's football team will play for the national championship in early January.
The investigation focuses on public universities since their data on SAT scores is public information. It also includes information from Syracuse because that institution makes the data public. According to the newspaper, some schools - Penn State, Pittsburgh - declined to release the information. Kansas State simply deleted the details.
Wondering how your school comes out? The Atlanta paper has an easy-to-search database here.
This reporting follows a November expose by USA Today that tracked college athletes and the majors they chose. I blogged about that issue here.