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Time for Transformative Change in Intercollegiate Athletics

Time for Transformative Change in Intercollegiate Athletics

Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 08:40:46 in College


Thanks, appreciate the comments. The least we can do is try, and I'm happy to work with others on more innovative solutions but the goal is to start a meaningful dialogue. Hopefully the debate moves forward.....

Supporting Student-Athletes in Their Transition to the Pros: A Financial Argument

Supporting Student-Athletes in Their Transition to the Pros: A Financial Argument

Commented Sep 27, 2011 at 11:38:44 in Sports

“Thank you for the positive response on this article. Several of you have asked me directly on how to learn more / do more regarding Professional Sports Counseling Panels. If you're interested, read this law review article I co-authored (with Glenn Wong and Chris Deubert) on the topic....availalble at (WKZ)”
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UConn: NCAA Rules (Still) Don't Apply to Us

Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 22:26:32 in Sports

“Thanks for the comments relative to this article. While I understand many of your posts, one thing people are mistaken about is the graduation rates. UConn does have an incredibly low graduation rate; however, the rate does not include students transferring or leaving early who are in "good academic standing."

Specifically, the NCAA holds that "The Graduation Success Rate also allows institutions to exclude from the computation student-athletes who leave their institutions before graduation, so long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained."

Any player who left UConn early, either for the NBA or a transfer, would not count against the school's graduation rate so long as they were in good academic standing when they left. The bottom line is that UConn was unacceptably low in graduating students and this, in part, cost them scholarships.”

Pinnum on Sep 7, 2011 at 15:04:38


What are the chances this young man made such an honorable decision for the UConn community and is one of, if not, the most at risk academically, coming from a financial background that would ensure him financial aid without flagging the NCAA?

A win win! He keeps playing basketball for free while the school gets his services, is able to add another talent to the roster, and will not be at risk since (1) the freshman year to sohomore year is the easiest to remain in good academic standing and (2) the APR does not count non-scholarship athletes.

You want a real story? Take a look at how the APR hits non-head count sports. It is one thing to say you are not graduating students you are giving free education to. It is another to wonder why kids leave school when they are paying for a large partion of their education. Baseball, soccer, wrestling and swimming traditionally don't offer full rides (or the academic support of the 'revenue' sports) and take a harder hit when kids start to struggle and their parents want a less expensive school or transfer for more playing time since they are paying for their education. This new rule will drop more non-revenue sports.

Sadly, the admin side of athletics is not sexy so people will assume what they want and college coaches will continue to tell their fans and recruits that they lost scholarships because alums made millions in the NBA.”