Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a hoopster himself (he played for the Harvard five, professionally in Australia, and is a regular in the Obama game), has been ripping big-time collegiate sports lately, endearing him to BloggEd’s collectiive heart. Yesterday he took on the poor graduation rates of D-I basketball programs, modestly proposing that the NCAA link postseason play to the number of student-athletes walking down the aisle with diplomas.
The Assocated Press quotes him as saying:
They should make a rule that if you’re below a certain point, you don’t qualify for the tournament. And I guarantee that would fix the problem in a hurry. I promise you that. We’d fix this thing overnight.”
He said 25 percent of men’s basketball teams in last year’s NCAA tournament graduated less than two out of five players and that four teams (which he declined to name) “didn’t graduate any African-American players. Zero.”
And why did we allow them to play in this tournament, make all this money, be on national TV, and they’re not graduating any kids?
Tell it, Arne.