NCAA Football and Basketball – “Student-Athletes” do exist, and there are many more of them than you think

by Kent Sterling

This NY Times pic shows Wisconsin basketball players celebrating their trip to the Final Four by studying.

This NY Times pic shows Wisconsin basketball players celebrating their trip to the Final Four by studying.

What I have always loved about Dan Dakich as a radio host is that he is not swayed by the prevailing media winds.  His perspectives on 1070 the Fan are unique and developed through experience as a player and coach, as well as animated discussions he has with himself.

Yesterday, he said something during his show that struck me as absolutely valid, but unheard from other supposed college athletic experts – that when we talk about one-and-dones being a problem, we are focusing upon 10-15 of nearly 5,000 division one participants.

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Allowing those few exceptionally talented kids to define the experience of being a college athlete is one of the worst examples of profiling in our society, and discounting the role academics play in the development of the vast majority of young men playing college football and basketball is myopic and short-sighted.

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