“All those things are for the welfare of the student-athletes.”

I’m sensitive to many of the criticisms minority coaches have raised over the years and am the first to concede that some have had validity.  But this?

A new organization of minority coaches on Friday sharply criticized NCAA eligibility standards set to take effect next year for incoming freshmen, saying they will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college.

The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, a group led by Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, Georgetown coach John Thompson III and former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, issued a statement to The Associated Press said the standards disproportionately target minority and less affluent students in “an unintended consequence beyond acceptability.”

The new rules require high school athletes to have a grade-point average of at least 2.3 in 16 core courses (up from 2.0 in 13 courses). And 10 of those courses must be completed in the first three years of school in order to be eligible to compete as a freshman. Once a student completes a core course in his or her first three years, it cannot be retaken for a better grade.

The NAFCED group said they fear the bar has been raised too high for some athletes hoping to play college sports.

C’mon, man.  You’ve had four years to prepare for this rule change and only now are you raising the alarm?

Even under the new NCAA guidelines, student-athletes get preferential admission standards.  Is it too much to ask that they at least be prepared enough coming out of high school that college isn’t a glorified re-run of eighth grade studies?

Instead of venting your anger at the NCAA (can’t believe I’m typing that), why not try pointing the finger at state governments that tolerate shitty public secondary education systems?  A little accountability on that level might go a longer way, and for more than just student-athletes.


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19 responses to ““All those things are for the welfare of the student-athletes.”

  1. JCDAWG83

    Entrance requirements for athletes in revenue sports are still a joke.


  2. Chadwick

    Why bother to look at the facts about this kind of thing? They’re so inconvenient. I got a terrific public education…..35 years ago. But there weren’t inflated grades and the teachers knew their shit and how to teach. Nobody cares now because no one holds anyone accountable.

    None of these three signed anyone not prepared for 9th grade. Three whores.


  3. Point fingers Senator? Fingers should be pointed at one person. That is the student athlete. OK, maybe their parents too. No one else. If you have ever raised kids, you know you can’t “make” anybody do anything. It’s up to that person to determine their own success or failure. I think it is racist to say these kids can’t do the work. These kids can learn complicated football or basketball schemes, but can’t do basic highschool work? Bullshit. Are these assholes saying these kids are too stupid to do the work? This bullshit is getting my blood pressure up. Should be a good thread.


    • I raised three daughters and I have a sister who taught public school for more than two decades. Nothing in education is as simple as people, including yourself, think it is.


      • Ricky McDurden

        Preach on. Holding students and parents accountable is of course important, but public education in the states has become an unabated joke. And not in the “it’s so easy anyone could do it” sort of way. More like “let’s mash all these different shapes into the same round hole until we’ve cleaved the edges off the ones that don’t fit enough to pass them on”. This, I’m afraid, is an issue that goes far beyond anything the NCAA could ever hope to bungle. And I’m an educator, not that that should matter; the flaws in the system have been blatantly obvious for at least a couple of decades now.


      • I didn’t say anything was simple. Your sister had a very difficult job which I applaud her for. When raising your three daughters, I’m sure you tried to set a good example and teach them how they should live their lives according to what you feel is right and wrong. But when all is said and done it is up to them as to how they live their lives. I have 3 kids too and raising them is not simple at all. But I sure won’t blame their teachers or anyone else if they get into trouble. “Parents take too much credit when their children do well and too much blame when they don’t”. I’m not sure who said that, but it is very true.


  4. You put the time in … you get the results. This was pretty much the education mantra at our home.


  5. Mayor

    Slightly off topic but since his name is mentioned above….Former GT basketball HC is rapidly becoming the basketball version of Charlie Weiss. Big contracts with big buyouts–no coaching ability. He’s already been fired by his latest stop, George Mason (with a buyout), and Tech is STILL paying him. I guarantee that some other school some place will hire the guy, sign a big contract, and then fire him 4 years later and pay another big buyout. All this because years ago one of his Tech teams got hot at the right time, won the ACC tournament, got in the Big Dance and made it to the Final Four. That team was about a .500 team during the regular season, too.


  6. Ricky McDurden

    As for these 3 knuckleheads, theres a certain fuzzy threshold that separates some athletes as too far behind entering a D1 college. There’s a lot of wiggle room, generally, for athletes to be brought up to speed in various areas once in school and typically all it involves is some extra work on the part of the student via tutoring sessions and UNIV courses. But I think the NCAA has this one right (gasp!): if you can’t meet this new criteria, it’s likely due to a mixture of lack of structure and/or preparation provided by the high school and parents, in which case the student in question needs to go to a JUCO before moving further.


  7. Argondawg

    This is the highest level of bullshit. Thete are only two reasons a student should be below a rock bottom C these days.
    1. He or she has a learning disability and the system has more techniques, time and resources than anyone can possibly imagine to help that person achieve.
    2 it’s just not important to them.
    It’s so cliche but it is the bigotry of low expectations. College coursework is a grind for the average student. When I was at UGA I worked at least 40 hours a week and went to school and was a B and C student. The kids that really want it but need the help should get it. The kids that can do the work and choose not to rise above it should get a job. If a 4 star kid from College Park can’t make the grades then a 3 star from some other part of the state will and they will both be most probably be the same color. My mom was a public school teacher and so is my wife. The struggling kids don’t lack for public resources. If he is not ready for high school he is sure as hell not ready for college work or the distractions that come with college life. There is nothing free about a free ride in any walk in life. The shit isn’t fair and was never meant to be.


    • Gawjadawg

      One word explains the problem rather adequately in my opinion; UNION. If you can spell it, then you know what the problem is. If you can’t spell it, then you know what the problem is.


  8. 69Dawg

    The important thing is will the NCAA rule withstand a court challenge when a 5 star is determine to be learning disabled. UT has made a living admitting athletes by saying they have a “learning disability”. I personally think this is the NCAA’s way of leveling the playing field for the B1G and ND. What better way to help the academic bastions than by disqualifying great players from bad schools in the region of bad schools. This is going to get ugly fast. Beside does it seem odd that on the one hand the NCAA says they have no control over the academics of it’s member institutions (UNC) but on the other hand tries to control the academics of every high school player in the country.


  9. Debby Balcer

    My youngest daughter is a special education teacher and those teachers have to fight to get the help their students need. The number of kids a resource teacher has on their case load is unbelievable. College football players do need to be able to handle college but you can have a learning disabled kid who is motivated and still struggles. In more rural counties this is even more of an issue.


  10. Parent

    Oh my, the Senator has a blog that crosses the lines of athletics and political leanings, and we AGREE! FYI, in case the liberals on the blog didn’t notice, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY is a cornerstone of conservative thinking.It’s why I can say I am a Christian conservative, but am also in favor of LGBT marriage and some other “liberal” causes.

    Football blog,so let’s get to that; excited that for the 2016 opener. Kid playing for UNC, Alma mater UGA, can’t lose!


  11. I see nothing wrong with the NCAA raising the standards to enter college and compete as a freshman. Wait, did I just say something positive about the NCAA?