NCAA Bans for Poor Academics Just Seem Weird

This year, Connecticut and nine other schools have been banned from postseason play because of poor academics.  I think that’s just plain weird, especially with BCS conferences.  Here’s why:

  • Many big stars don’t care and don’t stay long.  I could be wrong, but I doubt that most “one-and-dones” spend a whole lot of time worrying about next week’s history final.
  • Punishing players for their predecessor’s failures.  It’s like punishing a kid because one of his parents committed a crime.  The poor kid didn’t do anything wrong, so why should we punish him?
  • It costs the schools a whole ton of money.  Why punish the schools if all the kids turn out to be uncommitted and/or rockheads?  All the study halls in the world won’t help (much) if the students don’t care.
  • A really good team might miss out on the postseason.  In theory, aren’t the NCAA’s supposed to find out who the best team in basketball was?  I know that all the upsets cloud up the issue, but why would you make the odds of the champion being the best team even less likely?

I don’t know, maybe I’m just really black-and-white, but the NCAA’s habit of punishing future recruits is a bit stupid and unfair.  Why can’t they just punish the actual culprits?  Thanks for reading, and please comment.

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One thought on “NCAA Bans for Poor Academics Just Seem Weird

  1. College is supposed to be focused on getting a higher education, sports was supposed to be a way to relax/entertain the students. Now it is a big advertising/recruitment tool. Perhaps the colleges should drop the pretext and pay the players (minor league like) and forget about requiring them to attend classes; they could be employees of the institution. However, the majority of player/students don’t go on to the NBA so a better solution would be to allow the schools to employ , say (4) ‘Pros’ (limited to the same 4 years as the student athletes) and pay the equivalent of a low NBA rookie salary with no classroom requirement.

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