ERIC Number: ED243877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-30
Reference Count: 0
The Graham Plan--An Early Attempt to Achieve Sanity in Sport.
A study examined, from the perspective of the University of North Carolina and its President Frank Porter Graham, the importance of the Graham Plan, which in the 1930s sought to regulate intercollegiate athletics by disallowing preferential treatment of athletes in the area of financial aid. Graham and his supporters desired to prohibit the use of athletic scholarships and other material benefits in recruiting athletes and urged the selection of varsity players from the student body. Though the plan passed on the strength of its idealism, the institutions of the Southern Conference only supported the Graham Plan for one year because it placed them at a competitive disadvantage with non-conference teams and because of widespread media and alumni opposition. The existence of the Graham Plan was brief yet visionary of a later National Collegiate Athletic Association attempt, the Sanity Code. Both failed to effect changes in increasingly popular and commercial intercollegiate athletic programs. This paper is based on an examination of President's papers, Board of Trustees minutes, Chancellor's papers, University records, newspaper reports, the background for its adoption by the Southern Conference, and viewpoints from individuals who opposed the changes. (Author/JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Graham Plan; University of North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Anaheim, CA, March 29-April 2, 1984).