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    4. Not a level playing field. Duke's semester ends almost a month before Maryland's. A bball player at Duke only has to go to classes for another week or two after the final four and can still go to the pro combines. Maryland a kid has to go to class for another 5 or 6 weeks while considering how to prepare for the combines. I don't know when UNC's spring semester ends, but Maryland is later than most.

    I'll have to remember this one as an excuse for Ohio State. They're on the quarter system, which means that there's nearly a full quarter (8 or 9 weeks actually) of classes after the tournament ends.

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    bump for terp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius J. Reilly View Post
    whatever makes you sleep better at night, Terp.
    I think Terp has a point here Ignatius. Teams are being penalized over things that have nothing to do with their attempts to educate the athlete. I believe these rules need revision.

    But on a wider scale....

    One thing these rules ignore, is the fact that college, ISNT for everyone and if not for some extraordinary athletic talent, many of these young men would be better served by attending a high tech trade school. But because we want to win so badly we bring them in and try to fit square pegs into round holes and when it doesnt work we want to penalize or stigmatize that institution.

    Should universities and colleges encourage their student athletes to academic success? Most certainly! Do I favor free tutors for "jocks"? You bet! Do I prefer a coach who monitors their student athlete's academic progress and installs "measures" to "encourage" academic effort? You bet your bippy.

    But I'm not sure critics should expect more out of athletes then out of the general student population itself.

    At some point, the athlete needs to accept responsibility for themselves and make it a personal priority to take advantage of the educational opportunity presented to them. Just because they are athletes doesnt mean they need babysitters.

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    Portland State (17 percent)

    Interesting.......apparently it wasn't just the wrestling team that was failing to achieve academically, but I'm sure they'll keep the basketball program.

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