Thursday, October 12, 2006

The kids don't graduate

More news from the recent release of the Graduation Sucess Rate(GSR) that doesn't paint a pretty picture for college sports and particularly Maryland's basketball team. Maryland scored an ACC low 18 for it's men's team. It even got mentioned on Gregg Easterbrook's Tuesday Morning Quarterback column which can be read here, until he makes another vaguely anti-Semetic comment and gets fired again.

There is little to argue with, the numbers are what they are. I do have a hard time believing that places like Florida State(75), Miami(69) and Virginia Tech(71) care more about graduating their players than Duke(67). It serves to illustrate the inherent flaw with the NCAA trying to shame their members into caring about education when everything else engage in encourages cheating and a win-at-all-costs mentality.

Easterbrook says that Maryland "embarrassed college sports" a few years ago with their 2002 national champion team that didn't graduate a single player. That kind of hyperbowl has a long way to go before it is even purile given the sewer that is college sports these days. Has he seen the arrest records of some recent football squads? Was Easterbrook in the country when UNLV was buying itself a national title? Did he miss Chris Weber's staring role in a Federal grand jury proceeding? I'm not offended as a Maryland fan but as someone who apprecaites the corrosive nature of ridiculous eggzaggeration. If Gary Williams embarrassed college sports by giving someone like Jaun Dixon a chance to make millions of dollars as an NBA player then where does that leave us in trying to catagorize men like Jim Calhoun, John Calipari or their ilk?

Three of the players from that team are cashing large paychecks from the NBA and at least two others are playing for nice six figure salaries in European leagues. Does that make it okay they didn't graduate? I'll leave that up to you to decide. To set the record straight there were players on that team that graduated.

Still, with the recent shame of Chris McCray flunking off the team in midseason and a number seniors from the same team dropping out of school without finishing their degrees it can't sit very well for a Maryland fan who actually cares about the school beyond Debbie Yow's little kingdom. At the moment it appears that keeping players in class isn't a large priority for the staff. If for no other reason than to avoid the atomic destruction that occurred this past seaosn when Chris McCray decided he didn't care about passing any of his exams, that needs to change.

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