Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NCAA Committee Considers Eliminating Freshman Eligibility

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NCAA Committee Considers Eliminating Freshman Eligibility

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WASHINGTON -- A National Collegiate Athletics Association committee known as the NCAA Division I Working Group to Study Basketball Issues is considering several drastic proposals aimed at improving graduation rates for men's college basketball players, according stories in The Washington Post and USA Today.

The committee is weighing a variety of possible NCAA rules changes, including making freshmen ineligible for an entire season or for their first semester. Other possible changes include annually tying each school's scholarship allotment to its graduation rate, and moving the start of the season back by a month to mid-December.

According to the NCAA's latest statistics, 41 percent of Division I men's basketball players who entered college in the fall of 1991 graduated within six years -- 16 percentage points below the average for all athletes.

The working group was expected to propose at least one NCAA rules change when it convened its June 23 annual meeting in Chicago. The committee was formed mainly in reaction to the increasing number of men's basketball players who transfer or leave college early for the National Basketball Association's draft. …

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