How do you know when the NCAA is serious about academics?

When academics give student-athletes a little too much freedom.

The NCAA’s new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division’s 345 members over the surging number of students switching schools — and that the debate could come to a close sometime in the next year.

Some of the ideas bandied about would have a dramatic impact on graduate transfer students. The proposals include giving schools the ability to restrict where former players can go and requiring the athletes to sit out one year before becoming eligible. Undergraduates already are required to sit out one year, but the current rules allow players with bachelor’s degrees to transfer to another school and become eligible immediately if they attend graduate school.

“If you’re transferring to be in a graduate program, the NCAA wants you to be working in earnest toward that degree rather than just using up your last year of eligibility,” Lennon said last week, noting there are no formal proposals yet.

Yes, we can’t have kids who aren’t working in earnest towards a degree… unless they’re one-and-done star basketball players who help drive March Madness television ratings.

This, of course, is bullshit of the highest order.  And they know it.

“No one is happy with the transfer rate, particularly in the sport of men’s basketball,” Lennon said. “When 40 percent of your students are leaving after their second year, that’s a signal something’s wrong.”

Duh.  The problem is everyone agrees on the symptom, but not the disease.



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10 responses to “How do you know when the NCAA is serious about academics?

  1. This is bad. The NCAA should be going the other way on this and making it easier for kids to transfer. Also, equating going to grad school to play at another institution with dropping out of school to go pro is disingenuous. If the NCAA is really serious about changing the current practice to insure athletes are working towards a degree it should require schools that sign players with one year of eligibility remaining who are entering a two year grad program to guarentee the student athllete at least a two year scholarship.


  2. JCDAWG83

    I don’t see the grad school issue as being that much of a problem. How many superstars stay around long enough to graduate and go to grad school? If a kid gets his bachelors degree and wants to go to another school for grad school, I see no problem with the kid being able to play his chosen sport at the grad school.

    The simple solution for the one and done in basketball is to increase admission requirements and implement progress toward degree requirements.


  3. ASEF

    So, a kid earns an undergraduate degree and still has eligibility left. And that’s a problem? Only the NCAA could see it that way.

    Increasingly, to even get an NCAA scholarship requires these athletes to devote ridiculous hours to their sport starting in middle school. If someone wants to transfer, let them. Yes, we will end up with a few years of cautionary tales of players getting bamboozled or making bad decisions. So be it. Freedom is always messy.


  4. lvsattoc

    I’d love to know what the non-athlete 2-year transfer/attrition rate is. I bet it’s not far off 40%.


  5. Cousin Eddie

    Unless the kids are graduating faster than I thought they could, the two year transfer rate of 40% has no bearing on the graduate program transfer rule/rate. Or did I miss something?


  6. Dog in Fla

    “How do you know when the NCAA is serious about academics?”

    When Oliver Luck hears voices in his head and starts talking about outer space?