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  • College athletes graduate at higher rate than other students, but men's basketball players lag far behind, a survey finds

    Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics' plan to rethink the management and fundamental premises of intercollegiate athletics; finds that football and men's basketball players receive special admissions treatment; includes a listing by institution of all major universities' graduation rates of regular students and student athletes.
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    The Wall Street Journal reveals that traffic in illicit anabolic steroids has become a $100 million-a-year business, and that fitness buffs, student athletes and kids are getting hurt by their use, Oct. 4, 1988.
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    Time magazine shows how sports have corrupted U.S. universities, compromising academic integrity and turning student athletes into victims.
  • Penalty flag tossed on NCAA enforcement

    The Florida Times-Union takes an extensive in-depth look at the NCAA's enforcement system. It reveals the NCAA's rules are so complex that compliance is virtually impossible and infractions are "investigated by poorly paid undertrained staff that suffers from high turnover and is prohibited from using basic investigative tools, such as tape recorders." The NCAA does not actively police its member schools to make sure they are complying with the rules, and when "called for a hearing before the NCAA, schools are not allowed to confront their accusers nor are they allowed to call witnesses. Though there is an appeal procedure, no school has ever won an appeal." Also, "while the NCAA's decisions directly affect the careers, education and finances of student athletes, those athletes have no voice in the NCAA." The Times-Union reports on these and other aspects of the NCAA's current system, and looks at several high-profile examples as well.
  • Bottled up

    Columbia Daily Tribune articles describe the legalities and technologies behind the University of Missouri's program of testing student athletes for drug use, May 11, 1986.
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    Ann Arbor Observer reporter goes "undercover" in physical education classes at University of Michigan to find out what kind of education student athletes get; although many graduate, few learn anything.