ELI5: Why do colleges accept students who excel in sports while having bad academic merits?

Money. College football and basketball generate a lot of money and donations from alumni. Especially if you have really wealthy alumni like T. Boone Pickens. He paid for a lot of new athletic buildings. There are lots of former college players with degrees that can barely read or write but were able to run fast with a ball. Several colleges have been busted for enrolling their athletes in phantom classes where they never had to show up and still earned A’s. My best friend’s cousin played football at a college in Texas and wouldn’t have to turn in assignments or take exams in most classes.

Explain Like I`m Five: good questions, best answers.

I don't trust T. Boone Pickens, why does anybody else trust him?

The guy owns 500,000 shares in BP, and 800,000 shares of Chesapeake Bay.  There is nothing he would like better than to switch out America’s addiction to oil to an addiction to Natural Gas.  I don’t like him, and I don’t buy his “patriotism” - its capitalism wrapped up in the flag, if you ask me!

And, have you seen the movie, “Gasland”.  Do you know about Fracking and the other harmful effects of drilling for Natural Gas?

I really think that Natural Gas is NOT the answer to our power needs!

There are other, safer, natural forces in our environment, there for the taking. They are freely given by the earth to all of its inhabitants, and they are relatively harmless, and it will not ruin the environment to harness energy in these other renewable ways.

We have wind, solar, water power, and so many other sources that are being kept from the public’s knowledge by the big corporations that definitely DO NOT WANT A BETTER SOLUTION!!

The rich bastards who own the power companies (be they oil, natural gas, nuclear, etc) don’t give a rat’s ass if they rape the world of resources, nor do they care if they poison the planet, either - they all have bunkers that they can crawl into, when they ruin the environment and make it uninhabitable…they don’t think they will need the sun, or to see trees, or breathe fresh air, or see the stars at night.  They will be happy to live in a bomb shell, underground, until they die.

Well, not me.  I will fight with every last breath I have to save the earth from these scourges of inhumane, selfish, greedy bastards trying to dominate all mankind with their foolish plans.  I will go down fighting rather than acquiesce and accept defeat!!

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends.” ~ John Lennon