VETTEL: APR Report More NCAA Silliness

It's getting to the point where every time I hear about an NCAA report or committee decision I brace myself. I know what's about to come out isn't going to make much sense, but I never know whether I'm going to find it funny, preposterous or downright maddening.

The NCAA report on academic progress misses those three categories as far as I'm concerned. Instead it's more of a gigantic yawn.

[premium]The report shows that small schools are having a helluva time keeping up with the major schools in terms of academic progress. This is no big surprise. The BCS type schools have the resources to dramatically increase spending on counseling, study halls, computer labs and so forth while smaller schools can not keep up. Thus it's no big surprise that not a single BCS school was in trouble with the NCAA based on the statistics in Thursday's report, but most historically black colleges and smaller schools in the poorer states were.

Stay Clear of Louisiana

The Bayou State is in a league of its own when it comes to academic shortcomings. Seven schools from Louisiana are in danger of punitive sanctions because of the report. Part of it can be blamed on to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Part of it can be blamed on the overall economy of that state and part of it, frankly can be blamed on the fact that these are not very good academic institutions. But the biggest blame of all goes to the NCAA for its absurd system and brainless applications.

It is clear to me that most of those in high positions of the NCAA and its governing committees must be avowed socialists. They seem to be in love with the Marxist doctrine of, "from each according to his abilities to each according to his needs". The NCAA in its misguided effort to "level the playing field" keeps passing inane legislation. Some of it keeps the top programs from adequately funding all of its sports teams. Some of it takes away scholarship opportunities and some of it simply embarrasses schools that have no chance to keep up with the big schools in assisting its student-athletes in their academic pursuits.

There is no reason for Division I-AA (I don't give a rats butt what the NCAA calls it now!) schools to have the same academic standards as the major schools. They don't have the resources or alumni bases. They don't have the television money. And in most cases, they don't have the same mission. The APR report from the NCAA is simply a way for big schools to pat themselves on the back and justify their snobbish superiority complex as it relates to their "little brothers".

They must be very proud.

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