Inconclusive Panel on the Problem of Big-Time College Sports

by George Leef

In a Pope Center piece, Jay Schalin writes about a recent panel held at UNC entitled “Big-Time College Sports: What Needs to Change?”

The event featured well-known authorities, especially former UNC president William Friday. Unfortunately, the discussion managed to avoid a central issue. Schalin writes, “there was no mention of one of college sports’ most corrupting elements — the admission and matriculation of athletes who are incapable or uninterested in college-level academic work.” Seemingly, all the participants accept that we must continue to admit football and basketball stars who can barely read and write and go through the motions of giving them an education, only disagreeing on the best way of handling that incongruity.