The NCAA

I read Taylor Branch’s super long article about the NCAA, The Shame of College Sports, and I’ve been meaning to tell you to do it also.

The list of scandals goes on. With each revelation, there is much wringing of hands. Critics scold schools for breaking faith with their educational mission, and for failing to enforce the sanctity of “amateurism.” Sportswriters denounce the NCAA for both tyranny and impotence in its quest to “clean up” college sports. Observers on all sides express jumbled emotions about youth and innocence, venting against professional mores or greedy amateurs.

The article brought up a TON of chatter about the NCAA, both positive and negative, for a variety of reasons, but the lasting feeling is the NCAA is a corrupt organization that cows colleges, athletes, and parents alike into obedience.

I finally got around to posting it because of Joe Nocera’s series of columns attacking dumb policies in the NCAA. Those are worth a read also.

The NCAA