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Published: Wednesday, 6/11/2014


Wrong lesson

National Collegiate Athletic Association still insists on its tired trope of the “student-athlete”

College sports, with their huge TV contracts, grand stadia, and high-salaried coaches, are a money-soaked business. But the National Collegiate Athletic Association still insists on its tired trope of the “student-athlete.”

To everyone else, it’s increasingly clear that too many universities are neglecting their primary duty of educating students in the face of big-money athletics. Sports headlines trundle from one school’s crisis of dishonesty to the other’s. University administrators are incentivized to look the other way from scandals — such as sleazy recruitment and fake classes for athletes.

The greatest disservice is done to the athletes, only 1 percent of whom play professionally. They are often clustered in identical, less-rigorous majors, no matter what their interests, and steered away from time-intensive courses.

All of this undercuts the professed mission of the NCAA. Amateur college sports seem increasingly pre-professional. Student athletes need to be just as driven by their studies as by their sports.

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