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.

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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