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Is NCAA On The Wrong Track?

This columnist does not like either of the NCAA's recent reforms to ban text messaging or crack down on diploma mills.

I think many folks have mixed feelings on the subject. Text messaging had gotten way out of hand, coaches sending recruits idle and inane texts en masse. As for diploma mills, clearly things had gotten out of hand, though there is a concern that parenting (which is really what this is) shouldn't be the NCAA's job.

I'm curious what folks think.

By Josh Barr  | May 8, 2007; 9:27 AM ET
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It appeats that the NCAA is protecting the junior colleges versus going after the problem institutions. It seems that the legitimate prep schools are hurt by this rule. However, it does reflect how the entire system needs to change when a guy like Michael Beasley can go to 4-5 different high schools simply to prepare him for the NBA.

Posted by: Julio | May 8, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

As a former student-athlete and current employee of the NCAA, I first think it's important for folks to recognize how the text-messaging restrictions came down. The Management Council and Board of Directors, both of which are representative bodies from the NCAA's membership, listened to feedback from the Division I student-athletes in adopting this rule. Text messages were being sent to prospective student-athletes at all hours of the day, and at their own cost. It was an extremely invasive form of recruiting and the student-athletes didn't like it. Student-athletes are the most important part of this structure and when they voice an opinion, we'd all be well-served to listen.

Josh Centor
NCAA (official blog of NCAA)

Posted by: Josh Centor | May 9, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

As someone who reads the Baltimore Sun on a daily basis, my opinion of Milton Kent is that he is a world class BO-ZO! Whenever I see his by-line (and a couple other Sun columnists), it's an almost forgone conclusion that I'll disagree with their ill reasonsed ramblings, as is the case with the cited article. Even when I agree with the premise, the avenue Kent takes to get to that goal is almost always ridiculous.

Posted by: critter69 | May 11, 2007 4:35 AM | Report abuse

I think I'm on board with the TM ban, but the prep school issue is way off-base.

In an attempt to close down the diploma mills (a worthwhile purpose), the NCAA is cracking down on prep schools. Prep schools serve as a poor proxy for diploma mills for two considerable reasons.
1. There are a lot of prep schools that are legitimate educational institutions and do a fantastic job in preparing students (not just student athletes) for college.
2. Perhaps more importantly, if diploma mills are not allowed to operate as prep schools, they will simply reorganize as 4 year institutions, identifying standout players in the 8th grade and completely detroying any educational opportunities for their future, especially if they turn out to be lesser athletes than they were projected to be.

In all this, it is clear that the people who will end up in the worst position are the student-athletes, the very people who the legislation is intended to help in the first place.

Posted by: Bill Baxter | May 11, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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