A sports historian at Arizona State University, who’s also a former NCAA champion and retired professional runner, thinks we should be asking this instead:
Are schools failing in their educational mission to develop brains and bodies? In other words, should schools even be in the sports business? And, more tragically, why have we been allowing them to get away with horrible business practices?
Considering Christion Abercrombie and Jordan McNair, do schools value football players’ lives?
Considering the FBI probe into college basketball, do schools, the NCAA – even the federal government – care more about policing amateurism than they do about ensuring athletes receive the world-class educational experiences they’ve been promised?
Considering the stories of decades of abuse emerging from multiple campuses, do schools care more about the negative PR of a publicly-exposed scandal than the well-being of the athletes they’re supposedly serving?
I can’t say I agree with everything she writes, but I do think those questions do a good job of framing the way the schools and the NCAA try to have it both ways. Food for thought.