ERIC Number: ED293477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Putting College Sports in Perspective: Solutions for the Long Term.
Atwell, Robert H.
AAHE Bulletin, v40 n6 p7-10 Feb 1987
In order to restore public confidence in intercollegiate athletics (following well-publicized problems) it is necessary to address a set of serious systematic problems, suggests the president of the American Council on Education. Diagnosis and treatment of the underlying pathology is important to avoid dealing with the symptoms alone. The Presidents' Commission has applied tougher sanctions, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has added additional enforcement resources, but they are not long-term solutions. Efforts to keep college sports programs free of scandal are being overpowered by economic and social forces. Problems include an overemphasis on winning, over concern with spectators, a tolerance for academic compromises, and a tendency to link athletic accomplishments with institutional quality and prestige. The media feeds this sports craze, as do economic realities which often tempt people to cut the rule-book corners. Succeeding on the field and balancing the budget results in serious academic compromises. There is a growing relationship between professional sports and intercollegiate sports. Possible alternatives are doing nothing, making an effort to return to amateur student athletics, or acknowledging professionalism in college athletics. It is important to break the tie between money and winning. Possible solutions include cutting the length of the season, providing institutional subsidy for athletics, eliminating athletic scholarships, and providing long-term coaching contracts. (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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