Altman to lose NCAA tournament to Creighton in round 2, on academics

3/10/2017 update: InsideHigherEd has the bracket here:

A reminder that not all coaches exploit their players as much as the Ducks. This tongue-in-cheek bracket is based on the teams “Academic Progress Rate”, an easily scammed measure designed by the NCAA to make big-time college sports took good, and help their coaches get bigger bonuses. More on it here.

3/10/2017: Can Mike Schill and Andy Karduna’s new IAAC help UO’s student-athletes?

Kenny Jacoby had a long piece in the Emerald yesterday on the history of the IAC, PAGIA, and IAAC. The story starts with this:

Connor Johnson, a former longsnapper on the Oregon football team, said it’s a “bummer” how many athletes have to make decisions they don’t want to make due to conflicts with sports.

Almost all the time, he said — whether it’s being unable to enroll in certain majors or take classes that conflict with their practice schedules — athletes are asked to put sports above their education.

“It would be really nice to have the academic people looking out for the athletes so that they’re actually getting a decent education and what they were promised out of high school,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he would be in favor of some faculty oversight when it comes to how the athletic department spends its $120 million budget. Because all the athletic department’s decisions, he said, boil down to money.

It was the Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee’s attempt in the fall of 2013 to investigate similar complaints from student-athletes about UO’s Services for Student Athletes – including claims that revenue-sport minority athletes were particularly poorly treated – that was the immediate cause of former UO President Gottfredson’s decision to allow the athletic department and SSA Director Steve Stolp to stop coming to IAC meetings, and then to replace the IAC with the secret PAGIA – although the athletic department had been unhappy with the IAC for years.

I went to the first meeting of the new IAAC last week. AD Rob Mullens and SSA Director Steve Stolp gave the same canned presentations that they used to present to the IAC. I still remember the first time I heard Mullens brag about how graduation rates for UO student athletes were the same as for non-athletes at an IAC meeting. It’s well known that students in the non-revenue sports – particularly women in sports like tennis and soccer – have excellent graduation rates. The problem is the revenue sport athletes, who are pushed by their coaches to train more and study less. So I asked Mullens if he would break those graduation rates out by race, or gender, or for the revenue sports.

He wouldn’t, and he got mad when I pressed him on it. (I eventually got the numbers from Roger Thompson’s office, and now they are supposed to be posted on-line.) So we’ll see if Karduna’s IAAC is any more successful at dealing with the big-money people from the Duck athletics enterprise than the IAC was. It’s not off to a good start.

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7 Responses to Altman to lose NCAA tournament to Creighton in round 2, on academics

  1. UO Grad says:

    “It would be really nice to have the academic people looking out for the athletes so that they’re actually getting a decent education and what they were promised out of high school,”
    A sign of how totally out of control college athletics has become.

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    • UO Grad says:

      Let me add, so called student-athletes should be students who participate in athletics. They don’t need a salary. They should get a good education. Professional sports should not use universities as farm teams for professional teams. The money is made grooming “students” to play in professional sports.

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      • charlie says:

        but what you’re asking requires a far more aware and intelligent student body. schools such as u of owe use their football team as a marketing tool, knowing that many admits base their decisions on televised games. sorry, but if anyone is stupid enough to take on massive debt based on football team cable appearances, that person is too stupid to concern themselves with the academic quality of their uni….

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  2. Dog says:

    okay UOM, time to put the money where the mouth is.

    Put 1K down on Bucknell to win the whole thing, I am sure there odds are greater than 100 to 1 so you can retire early this way …

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  3. Hippo says:

    Check out the book “The Last Amateurs” by John Feinstein, which chronicles The Patriot League (where Bucknell plays). At these schools, the concept of “student-athlete” is not a farce. Wish we could say the same here.

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  4. Dog says:

    alas, Bucknell, a first round exit …
    Go Ducks

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