While I’m on the subject of academic leadership in the world of college sports, this advice column (using the term “advice” very loosely) from
Indiana Purdue president Mitch Daniels to Condoleezza Rice warning her about the minefield she’s stepping into in chairing the NCAA commission to (allegedly) reform college basketball (h/t) is a masterpiece of misdirection and misguided self-congratulation.
College basketball’s integrity isn’t threatened by one-and-dones so much as it is by college presidents who have created the rules these institutions are expected to live by and then try to pretend it’s somebody else’s problem when the proverbial shit stirred up under those same rules hits the fan.
The only way you’re ever really going to clean up college athletics in a meaningful way is to take the money out of it. And since that’s never going to happen…