Should They Be Recruited? Fan Perceptions of Deviant Student-Athletes

Robert Turick, Lindsey Darvin, Trevor Bopp

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The purpose of this study was to examine fan opinion toward the active recruitment of prospective student-athletes with deviant pasts. College football fans were surveyed to determine to what extent the deviant behavior of a prospective student-athlete impacted how much they would support their favorite team recruiting that athlete. There were three primary findings: (a) deviant behavior negatively impacts a prospective student-athlete’s fan support score, (b) assault of a female student is the most severe deviant behavior in which an athlete could engage, and (c) White recruits were judged more harshly for using illegal drugs when compared to Black recruits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)936-948
Number of pages13
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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