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OT: "Football and Swahili" - Joe Nocera in the New York Times


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:


In my opinion this article could have been written 40+ years ago. :frowning:


I assume you mean that everything it says is true now was true 40 years ago? If so, I agree.