NCAA tourney still about dollars and not degrees

  • Article by: MYRON P. MEDCALF , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2011 - 3:51 AM

The path to graduation, especially among black male athletes, should be as vital as the Road to the Final Four.

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larryhansonFeb. 25, 11 4:57 AM

Why should I be made to feel guilty about choices that other people make? They all have the same opportunity to arrive at the same outcome. It's all about setting priorities and having the self-determination to carry through to a successful conclusion.

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hobie2Feb. 25, 1110:44 AM

Sorry - I have to go with larryh on this one. If basketball is seen as a means to get a degree, the graduation rate for those holding that view will go up. If basketball is seen as a means to play at a pro level, the graduation rate for those holding that view will be lower. A matter of personal priority.

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eagle20Feb. 25, 11 1:50 PM

The 'one and done' rule drives a lot of this disparity and in the long run really doesn't make sense. Like you said in the article, the NCAA will benefit from what money these athletes will provide in the one year they are in school (one semester for many of them) and let them on their way.

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writeonFeb. 25, 11 2:54 PM

Myron, you should start this drive for academic support and success for black athletes right here at home. Rodney Williams came out of high school barely able to spell ACT, let alone score well on it. He got into the U by the thinnest of margins - in fact because he's an athlete, someone more qualified to get in had his/her spot taken away. Now, he's proven to be a basketball bust. MN seems to lead the way with poor academics, and not being an NCAA threat. Why, then are you picking the NCAA tournmanet as the culprit?

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gdunn1957Feb. 25, 11 3:42 PM

The NBA's policy of letting underclassmen declare themselves for the draft is the most injurious process in poor graduation rates. Four years or forget it should be the policy.

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BishopfeltonFeb. 25, 11 6:08 PM

This article was profound, empirically sound, and passionately articulated. Your journalistic prowess lends itself to a balanced approach to issues, augmenting the facts and disseminating truth in an intelligible and coherent fashion. The subject you addressed eradicates the bar of mediocrity of black graduation rates, dismantling the proverbial "at least they made progress" statement of unfounded belligerence. At first, we were ready to conscientiously question Orlando Tubby Smith for his coaching of the current team however; upon reading your article we now are curious of the type of economic coaching he's dealing with behind the scenes. Whereas, is he being pressured to win or sell? Is he being encouraged to mold student athletes or manufacture a winning formula, even if it means his players will leave the University not knowing a chemical formula? We now look at Mr. Smith in a new and new light, although the facts of "his economic coach" are incognito and will never be revealed. Suffice it to say, maybe if Mr. Smith was allowed to coach exclusively, the coaching economists would have no need for an emphasis on the dollar. Why? Healthy, happy, an educated student athletes (with talent), win games. Duke University? Thank you for sound, informative, and bravely written journalism. You are a terrific asset to your profession and an undeniable asset to the Star Tribune.

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fwallenFeb. 25, 11 8:49 PM

Thanks for the article. It was thought provoking. One aspect of this issue that I don't know how to factor into the discussion is how many of the Black Players don't concern themselves with graduation. My sense is the big dollars of the NBA's 1st round is often an unrealistic goal. But it is a goal that has been seen as the hope and dreams for the young person and his family. When this dream is unattainable they are faced with a non guaranteed contract, play in the D league,play overses or any job a person with limited marketable skill can get. Not a pretty picture.

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BurntsideFeb. 25, 1110:27 PM

"White male basketball student-athletes on tournament bound teams graduate at a rate of 84 percent versus only 56 percent of African-American male basketball student-athletes," To analyze this disparity, I'd want to know what the graduation rate is among white and black male students overall. If the same disparity exists off the court, then I'd look for some explanation other than basketball.

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