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.