Originally Posted By: Anonymous
A "golden ticket", also known as a coaches tip is an advantage in the admissions process. Depending on the school and the interest in the player it can range from an outright this person gets in to a little bit of a tie breaker.
In the case of the Ivy League schools, "golden tickets" will virtually guarantee admission. Note that the coach is told by the admissions office to not present any candidates unless they are athletically superior and "close" to the admission criteria for the institution. Rarely will a "golden ticket" be rejected since the preadmissions process will tend to clear a potential recruit early.