some role in the future success of our state. They've got a tiger by the tail (no disrespect meant to Clemson) and they can't hold on and won't turn loose.
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people to watch? Many college administrators admit to hearing the whispers of the Bill Fridays' reminding them their primary mission is education and they have a responsibility to students, their parents, taxpayers and Converse High Tops Men
who demand not just winning records but big name bowl appearances? Or with TV networks that entice them with more money if they can get more Converse High Tops Womens Black
So our colleges keep kicking the pigskin down the field. It is far too late to even suggest meaningful reforms. But wouldn't it be refreshing to hear one of our college presidents just once speak the truth about college athletics today?
Greed still wins in college sports
You can't fault Tom Ross for trying to maintain some semblance of academic integrity while contending with this "Wolves of Wall Street" environment. Schools are facing problems of their own making. What are they to do with kids who can't read but can drain a three pointer? With alumni Converse Heels
The late Bill Friday, founding co chairman of the Knight Commission, was a prophet crying in the wilderness. Back in 1989, he saw that colleges and universities were losing control of their athletic programs and until his dying day vehemently advocated that college presidents take back the control of their intercollegiate athletics programs, insist on rigorous standards for athletes and establish certification standards to show that athletic departments were fiscally responsible and ethical.
What may have been possible in 1989 is laughably improbable today. Any president who tried to stop the college athletics juggernaut would be committing suicide. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) pretends to set standards, establish regulations and play the traffic cop, all in the name of protecting the bests interests of athletes, but their actions look more like they are pimping for the networks while trying to give colleges some cover from their all too obvious greed.
A large number of college athletes, especially in the money sports of football and basketball, shouldn't have been admitted in the first place. They may be competitive on the court but they aren't in the classroom and Ross' proposal to lighten course work for their first year isn't going to make them better students. It will help the university win more games and perpetuate the myth of semi professional athletes posing as college students.
]It is far too late to even suggest meaningful reforms. But wouldn't it be refreshing to hear one of our college presidents just once speak the truth about college athletics today?
The Atlantic Coast Conference is Exhibit A in the "greed is good" game. From its founding in 1953 until 1978, the conference boasted schools with geographic and collegiate connections along the Eastern seaboard. The lure of increased dollars prompted the inclusion of schools in larger TV markets because those schools would help generate larger audiences and greater advertising dollars. Coaches say the increased exposure helps recruit better athletes; maybe so but Converse On Feet the bottom line is winning and dollars. Now the conference has announced it is moving the ACC Tournament to Brooklyn, not for the fans but for larger TV audience shares. Soon the ACC will announce the formation of its own TV network. Ka ching.
Duke's Quinn Cook (2) walks off the court after losing to Virginia in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro on March 16. The ACC is taking its men's basketball tournament from Tobacco Road to Brooklyn Barclays Center starting in 2017.(Photo: Gerry Broome, AP)NC System President Tom Ross recently appeared before the Knight Commission to address the need to reform some of the egregious problems with college athletics. Well intentioned as Ross was, his suggestions won't fix the underlying problems.
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