A bit of March Madness perspective.

NCAA Men Apparently Don't Need To Graduate.

Pretty depressing statistics, really. I'm sure I'm as much as fault as the next person (though I'm not a rabid fan, by any means) but it's sad to know that some of these guys aren't even expected to GRADUATE. I don't know about you guys, but I thought college was pretty easy, for the most part. How hard is it to get these guys a Gen Ed degree or something?

It''s not too hard to graduate, but I also don''t think people realize that these kids pretty much have full time jobs with Div-I basketball. Most of these kids probably aren''t prepared to handle the workload of BBall and of academics, and it seems like the universities don''t much care about that.

One of my friends'' kids was getting a swimming scholarship, and there was basically an agreement that she be practicing something like 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. For swimming? I can only imagine what the expectations are for these guys.

Personally, I would fully endorse graduation rules. Say, the team has to come within 80% of the graduation rate of the university as a whole and if at any point an athlete looks like he won''t graduate within, say five years of starting at the university, then he can no longer play.

This is what happens when a society values sports over education.

Looking at how well most people eat and the shape they''re in I wouldn''t really say that society values sports that much.

Looking at how well most people eat and the shape they''re in I wouldn''t really say that society values sports that much.

Looking at the NYT Bestsellers list and the president most people vote for, I wouldn''t really say that society values education that much.

Everyone wants to cheer for the sports team, only the people who think pulsars and stuff like that want to cheer for scientists.

It''d be more interesting to compare the graduation rate of the athletes to the graduation rate of the school''s general population.

Not to be a killjoy, but is the fact that NCAA players don''t graduate news? I thought it was pretty well common knowledge for years now that the NCAA is only slightly less corrupt than the KGB.

Won''t stop me from watching the tourney.

"mumford" wrote:

Everyone wants to cheer for the sports team, only the people who think pulsars and stuff like that want to cheer for scientists.

Not everyone. I know sweet FA about pulsars ''and stuff like that'', but I''d rather applaud achievements in science and the arts than kicking a ball or running fast.

I realise that basketball players shouldn''t kick the ball. I was making a general point.

"Warlock" wrote:
Looking at how well most people eat and the shape they''re in I wouldn''t really say that society values sports that much.

Looking at the NYT Bestsellers list and the president most people vote for, I wouldn''t really say that society values education that much. ;)

I think this also has a lot to do with players leaving to become professionals.