ERIC Number: ED208727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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The Recruiting Game. Toward a New System of Intercollegiate Sports.
Rooney, John F., Jr.
Various aspects of the collegiate sports scene are examined with special emphasis on recruitment practices. It is suggested that college football and basketball satisfy two public demands: the desire for high level sports entertainment and (particularly in more remote areas) the need for national recognition of local accomplishment. In their effort to meet these needs, and given the limited availability of talented athletes, it is further suggested that the colleges and their supporters spend more money and time each year, cheat occasionally, and eventually treat the athletes as minor deities. Examined are areas such as: the origin and growth of intercollegiate athletics; the nuts and bolts of recruiting; factors affecting the geography of recruiting; the national dimensions of football recruiting; the conferences; the national dimensions of basketball recruiting; and cheating. It is recommended that professional franchises be established only loosely affiliated with universities and colleges and recruiting be replaced with a regional draft system. A conference and playoff system is outlined that would produce a deserving national champion. Tables and figures are provided. (LC)
Descriptors: Athletes, Athletics, Basketball, Change Strategies, Competition, Competitive Selection, Educational Practices, Football, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Recruitment, Reputation, Student Recruitment
University of Nebraska Press, 901 North 17th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
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