By Dr. Gerald Gurney and Jerome C. Weber
Originally published October 24, 2008
College athletics, especially men’s basketball and football, enjoy a unique and central role in American higher education. They bring great visibility to their institutions. Yet while college sports excite and electrify millions with performance and spectacle, their positive attributes have become increasingly tainted by scandal, as big-time programs have swelled into businesses that look more like entertainment than education. The pursuit of dollars has had a corrupting influence on every aspect of student-athletes’ recruitment, retention, and graduation.