It's appalling that some college sports administrators refuse to consider the educational well-being of their athletes. Yet such thinking persists. Actually, a major shortcoming of the NCAA is that too many ex-jocks who have been in the trenches are making decisions they aren't qualified to make.
In the end, sadly, there will probably be no reform, and without a forceful push from the battle-weary Presidents Commission, the AIR study will be ignored. At its founding in 1983, the commission was fueled by crisis, and it force-fed the NCAA some bold initiatives. But recently the commission's propositions—to limit the length of seasons and number of games, to name two—have been shot down by the NCAA's members. In the tug-of-war over college athletic programs, the presidents are being beaten by the Joe Deans.
In the AIR study, the commission has the evidence it needs to rekindle the reformation. What it needs now is the power to act.