6) Make it
mandatory that an athlete attend classes and not just be enrolled during the
season of his sport. If he is in an area of study deemed especially difficult
and time-consuming (pre-med, engineering), allow him to carry a reduced course
load, but do not permit him to "drop out" while he is engaged in
7) Establish a
formula to restrict scholarships when a university shows a low rate of
graduation for its student-athletes. If, say, the football team has less than a
50% graduation rate, permit the coach to recruit only the number of athletes
equal to the number just graduated. When the graduation rate climbs back to a
predetermined minimum, permit him to resume normal recruiting.
8) Bar a school
from competing in postseason play or receiving television revenues if the
flunk-out rate is greater than the academic attrition rate of its student body
as a whole. Thus, if the college graduates 60% of the students who enroll, the
athletic department must show that 60% of all its athletes—not just those who
make it through to their senior year—also graduate.
the following could be tried:
1) Remove all
matters of eligibility and normal progress from the hands of coaches—for their
sake as well as that of the athletes. Make it mandatory for all schools to be
members of the National Academic Athletic Advisers' Association. At the
Division I level, require that the adviser at each institution not be paid by
the athletic department and that he be answerable to the president's office,
not the coach's.
"educational insurance privileges" for each scholarship athlete to
allow him to come back and finish his education when a career in professional
sports hasn't panned out. Place time limits on these privileges to make the
athlete aware of the urgency of getting an education.
3) Work out
agreements with the pro leagues to include a clause in standard contracts
stipulating that his team will help finance the continuation of an athlete's
education if he is cut. Make the funding payable directly to the university of
the athlete's choice.
4) Give coaches
tenure when they have had enough time to prove themselves so that their jobs
aren't always on the line and they aren't so desperate to win—and, therefore,
cheat. Give their assistant coaches tenure, too, and put them to work in other
areas of the university during the off-season so that if there is a
head-coaching change, they will have some job security.
schools to provide the NCAA with up-to-date statistics on the true graduation
rates of their athletes, broken down by majors, sport and socioethnic
6) Conduct a
study of junior-college curricula and academic standards. Draw up a list of
those that meet qualifications for sending student-athletes to four-year
schools. Limit the use of extension and correspondence courses to those offered
by a student-athlete's own school.