Cleaning up college athletics in the face of abuses has proved a tough challenge for would-be reformers, the Associated Press reported Aug. 29.
To help clear that hurdle, the Knight Commission — a 28-member panel committed to reforming college sports — has reconvened.
The commission, named for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was created in 1990 to address athletic programs in which education had become secondary to winning and profits. It made numerous recommendations about academic standards for athletes and control of the NCAA before it disbanded in 1996.
Panelists at the Aug. 28 meeting, which highlighted problems facing the NCAA, agree the problems plaguing college athletics rest primarily with individual universities. Athletes continue to be offered incentives and grades for performance.
Yet the NCAA alone was not able to reform college athletics, and its power is declining as it faces a series of antitrust suits, AP said.
And while university presidents have been given more power to set rules, they have not been able to fix the problem – either unable to find the time for hands-on management or to withstand pressure from trustees bent on winning.
Solutions will be explored during subsequent meetings of the panel in October and November.
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