By Jon Ericson
Pageantry, tailgating, alumni gatherings, color, excitement, sex, violence, . . what’s not to like about college football?
Okay, there’s the pretend courses, the faux patriotism, noise piped in someone, somewhere thinks is music, drunk fans, high prices, uncomfortable seats, and the ubiquitous TV commercials and plays under review.
An Ongoing American Tragedy in Higher Education: Where is the Outrage and Where Are the Governing Boards?
By Frank G. Splitt
The present commentary is still another attempt to illuminate what’s really going on in the continuing erosion of higher education in America. It also serves as a challenge to members of college and university governing boards to rise to the occasion and recognize that they are directly responsible for the actions of the leadership at their institutions—leadership that has led to an ongoing tragedy in higher education—excessive commercialization, the lowering of standards, and the graduation of students who can’t write or think critically and who won’t be able to compete in the global marketplace.
By Tom O’Mara
The correspondence below tells of my experience as a Division I athlete. I wish I could have met someone like me at the time, someone who had gone through the system, and was willing to be honest about it. At least then I could have made an informed decision on whether I wanted to play or not. I hope this can serve as a cautionary tale for prospective athletes and their parents.
It should be noted that Notre Dame has experienced several incidents of academic cheating this past decade which have resulted in suspensions from the football and basketball programs. It is not alone among major colleges in this regard. The problem has yet to be “cleared up.”
Critical Analysis of Proposed Models of College Athlete Compensation The Drake Group believes that the current pressure on higher education institutions to pay college athletes well beyond the full cost of education has been created by root failures of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to: articulate and implement an educational sport system that allows […]
Compensation of College Athletes Including Revenues Earned from Commercial Use of Their Names, Images and Likenesses and Outside Employment
Compensation of College Athletes Including Revenues Earned from Commercial Use of Their Names, Images, and Likenesses and Outside Employment The media reports strongly expressed opinions of various NCAA, conference, and institutional athletics administrators who maintain that allowing athletes to exploit their own NILs could not be accommodated without causing profound negative changes in the nature […]
Reflections, 2016-21: A Sequel to an Odyssey of Reform Initiatives, 1986-2015. Dr. Frank Splitt, Longtime Drake Group Member and Recipient of the Robert Maynard Hutchins Award has posted a sequel to his 1986-2015 Odyssey of Reform Initiatives. A prolific and nationally respected voice advocating for intercollegiate athletics reform, this new collection of writings continues to […]
The Drake Group has released a position statement today that proposes an educational alternative to “athlete employees.” Drake Group President Gerald Gurney, stated, “Intercollegiate athletics is at a crossroads on the issue of paying college athletes. Should collegiate athletics be a mini-version of the NFL and NBA? See Drake’s Position Statement for a viable alternative.
Frank G. Splitt – McCormick Faculty Fellow – Northwestern University – Evanston, Ill.
[“They all cheat” claimed University of Chicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins back in 1939 when terminating the school’s Big-10 football program.” […]
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