One of the links today (Jan 13, '03) is to :
The article quotes Dr. Brand (the new president of the NCAA) about proposing as 'reform' to "postseason bans for teams, not just individuals, because of poor preformance in the classroom." He also went on to say "extra schlorships or more revenue have been mentioned as possible incentives" to improve.
I have already heard those suggestions before from Vandy's president. Vandy has shown that they do not want to compete in the SEC, but they want the SEC's money. Virtually all of the C-USA schools are more deserving of revenue sharing than Vandy! AND THEY WANT MORE!! There are words for that kind of behavior, but I will only say that I would not leave my wallet laying around in the same room with him.
Yes; classroom work is important! However, there are overlooked issues that MUST be addressed. The prime one is players leaving early for the NFL or NBA. Many of thes players gratuate, but they do so after the time window to count. The time window to graduate should not start untill their NFL or NBA career is over.
The second is that on top tier teams, you will have good players that are beat out by better ones. They wind up transferring, and graduating from other programs, but count as drop-outs for the 1st school. MY suggestion is that to transfer and play sports, a student must be on schedule to graduate. He(she) would then not count toward graduation rates for the 1st school.
Vandy does not have either of these problems because anyone good enough to play in the pros, or even start on a top tier team go elsewhere! The 'players' have no where else to go. (Yes, I am harsh, but Vandy deserves it!)