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Published: Sunday, Jan. 5 2014 4:00 a.m. MST

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

There are a lot of words in the air, good words like going as fast as the slowest person. Never leave a person behind. Understand that we have the same desire to reach an objective is a good start. That we have the understanding of Value.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Are these players really qualified in the classroom? Did they have to do their own class work in high school? Do they do their own class work in college? Why is it the responsibility of the school to get them to study, go to class, etc. What changes should the NCAA make to help insure that all athletes do their own class work and take classes that will actually lead to a degree? When will media personnel start asking players about their classes and GPA? When will we accept that the individual is responsible and we do not need to have the government or colleges babysit someone just because they can dribble a basketball?

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Yes, the graduation rate for black football is less than their white teammates, but the rate that black players are drafted is greater that twice (2.21 x's) that of white players. Should the NFL be sued for not drafting enough white players? NO.

If the number of early entries are removed from the study cited in this article the graduation rates would be much more comparable. Can schools do more to help black football (and all black athletes) graduate at a higher rate? YES. More accountability, more assistance to overcome the poor study habits, and more tutoring will all help.

But let's not exaggerate the issue by using erroneous facts from a study that doesn't ask all the right questions.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Want to know whose responsibility it is to increase the rate at which black athletes graduate?

Answer:

Black athletes

worf
Mcallen, TX

The best help, is to not do everything for them.

Creating excuses is not helping.

Schools are made, let them be responsible for their learning.

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