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  1. skooby says:

    I’m surprised George Washington can’t afford something like this, given that their undergrad is the most expensive in the country. Huh.

  2. Howard Wasserman says:

    This is not a problem related only to the NCAA tournament. When Penn State plays a Wednesday-night mid-season basketball game at Iowa (or Boston College plays at Miami or Nebraska at Texas), the road team leaves on Tuesday morning and gets back to campus around 1 a.m. Thursday morning. That is two full days of classes missed. Plus, how likely is it that even the most committed student will make it to a 9 a.m. Thursday class if he got back to his room at 1 and maybe got to sleep by 2?

    But unless schools adopt the Ivy League Friday night/Saturday night travel-partner model, I am not sure how the problem can be avoided.

  3. JoeMerc says:

    The problem of college sports interfering to academics is not a new one. Though this post is about college hoops particularly, the problem is even more pronounced in big time college football. If anyone is interested in a good read, I suggest “Beer and Circus” by Murray Sperber.

    The NCAA constantly tries to portray the “student athlete” image, which is so far from a reality it makes me sick. I went to a big time basketball school and had a lot of contact with the players, several of which are now in the NBA. I had a class with one of them. When he didn’t show up for a while I asked him about it. His response was “I’m not here to go to class, I’m here to play basketball.” Which really isn’t too far from the truth.

    Big time college sports are basically the minor leagues for the pros. Players are there to eventually make money playing their sport professionally, either in the US or abroad. My proposal is this: why continue the cherade? Why force these kids to go to classes they don’t want to take and do homework they don’t want to do when it’s patently obvious that they’re not at school to learn. Granted this is a gross generalization, and there are a lot of athletes who use their scholarships wisely. The schools make too much money from these TV contracts to throw it all away by losing stud recruits because of academic requirements. Why don’t we just accept the reality as it is?

  4. anita says:

    this is the stupidest website EVER!!!