can you envision any scenario where a heavily recruited athlete with a positive pre-read (but would have not been qualified for admissions without coach support) would be put into the normal admissions processed as opposed to going through the athletic department?
At Stanford, I know an elite discus thrower.
This girl was given a spot in the masters program so she could have a fifth year, as I think she was not throwing her discus one year.
Pretty sure Auburn covers it's athletic costs with it's game receipts and fundraising/donations - same for Alabama, probably a number of other SEC schools too. Auburn athletics had surplus $'s in excess of $10M/$15M for at least the last 5 years.