NCAA Teams Need Grades Off the Court

Loose Ball: Poor academics, affecting Syracuse this year, will hit UConn in next year's tournament.

UConn guard Shabazz Napier (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
UConn guard Shabazz Napier (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Schools can’t force players to study hard and attend class any more than parents can. So the NCAA has to find the right balance in encouraging higher academic standards, realizing that some athletes will realize the benefits of their college experience at a later date.

“I don’t think Harvard was punished when Bill Gates left early,” Boeheim said. “We’ve also had five or six guys who left early, went to the NBA, played, and came back and graduated. We helped them graduate. We have two or three right now that are very close to graduating who are done playing with their NBA careers.”

Many college athletes will respond favorably once expectations are raised. But there also has to be room for case-by-case analysis. Entire teams shouldn’t always be punished for poor choices by several members.

Deron Snyder’s Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.

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