Joe Nocera has another of his columns in the New York Times on the state of college sports. At the very least, Nocera raises good questions. Here’s the intro:
I was at the University of North Carolina when I heard the Swahili anecdote. It was at a luncheon organized by some faculty members who have become, like me, critics of the N.C.A.A. and the hypocrisy of college sports. Among those attending was a former Carolina football player named Deunta Williams.
About halfway through lunch, the talk turned to education. The University of North Carolina, mind you, is a place that professes to care a great deal about whether its athletes go to class — and earn a degree. And, of course, the N.C.A.A. claims — preposterously — that athletes are students above all else.
Yet several of the professors complained that whenever an athlete enrolled in their classes, they got a letter from the athletic department asking them, in effect, to go easy on the player. After all, he was holding down a full-time job: playing football for the university.
Here’s the link to the complete article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/opinion/nocera-football-and-swahili.html?_r=1&hpe