Please read the following article about the reform measures that were taken by the NCAA in late October 2011: http espn go. com college sports story /_/ id /7156548/ panel approves major scholarship rules changes Then, answer the following questions.
What changes were made regarding academic eligibility?
What changes were made to athletic scholarships?
How do these changes apply?
Do you agree or disagree with the new measures? Explain your reasoning.
INDIANAPOLIS — The scandal-plagued NCAA is moving swiftly to clean up its image.
On Thursday, the Division I Board of Directors approved a package of sweeping reforms that gives conferences the option of adding more money to scholarship offers, schools the opportunity to award scholarships for multiple years, imposes tougher academic standards on recruits and changes the summer basketball recruiting model.
“It was one of the most aggressive and fullest agendas the board has ever faced,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “They moved with dispatch on it, and I think they’re taking positive steps for schools and student-athletes.”
For decades, outsiders have debated whether college scholarships should include more than just the cost of tuition, room and board, books and fees. Now they can.
The board approved a measure allowing conferences to vote on providing up to $2,000 in spending money, or what the NCAA calls the full cost-of-attendance. Emmert insists it is not pay-for-play, merely the reintroduction of a stipend that existed for college athletes until 1972. He also compared it to the stipends received by other students who receive non-athletic scholarships.
Some thought the total amount should have been higher. At the Big Ten’s basketball media day in Chicago, commissioner Jim Delany said studies have shown the average athlete pays roughly $3,000 to $4,000 out of his or her own pocket in college costs.
But many believe the measure is long overdue.
“I think it needs to happen or else I think what’s left of the system itself is going to implode,” said Ohio University professor, past president of The Drake Group, an NCAA watchdog. “We’ve always lost the moral high ground by saying the educational model is what makes this thing go. I think we’re delivering a model that can exploit kids while they’re here.”
Extra money won’t solve all of the NCAA’s problems.
Schools must infer the cost of additional funding and it will have to be doled out equally to men’s and women’s athletes because of Title IX rules. While BCS schools have the money and are expected to swiftly approve additional funding, it may prove too costly for non-BCS schools.
There are fears it will increase the disparity between the haves and the have-nots and could prompt another round of conference realignment.
The board also approved a measure that will give individual schools the authority to award scholarships on a multiple-year basis.
Under the current model, those scholarships are renewed annually and can be revoked for any reason. If adopted, schools could guarantee scholarships for the player’s entire career and would be unable to revoke it based solely on athletic performance. Scholarships could still be pulled for reasons such as poor grades, academic misconduct or other forms of improper behavior.
Ridpath said he’s personally been involved with 50 or 60 appeals cases after a coach pulled a player’s scholarship.
“The reason usually is they find a prettier girl to bring to the dance,” he said. “If you’re Frank Beamer or Nick Saban, they make a lot of money, and they should be able to coach that kid up.”
University presidents are moving quickly to repair the damage caused by a year full of scandals.
Schools from Miamer NCAA scrutiny. The U.S. Department of Justice started asking questions about scholarships, Congress has held hearings about a variety of NCAA-related issues and conference realignment has continued to spin wildly.
So, the NCAA’s board went back to basics and placed a renewed emphasis on academics.
In August, the board approved raising the four-year Academic Progress Rate cutline from 900 to 930 and linking that cutline to eligibility for postseason play. On Thursday, it passed a four-year plan to phase in the new requirements.
During the first two years, 2012-13 and 2013-14, teams scoring below 900 on the four-year average would be ineligible for postseason play unless the averaged 930 on the two most recent years of data. In 2014-15, teams that do not hit the 930 mark would be ineligible unless they averaged 940 in the two most recent years. After that, everyone must hit 930, no exceptions.
Schools that do not make the grade could also face additional penalties such as reductions in practice time and game limits, coaches suspensions, scholarship reductions and restricted NCAA membership.
The board also approved a measure to include the provision in its bowl licensing agreements, which means it will apply to football teams, too.
UConn’s men’s basketball team could be the first team to feel the impact.
After posting an 826 last year, a UConn official has said this year’s mark will be approximately 975. It would give Connecticut a two-year score of 900.5 and a four-year average of 888.5 — both too low to make the basketball tourney.
“That’s unfortunate,” Knight Commission member Len Elmore said. “It’s a cautionary tale, but the need for, again, focusing on the true mission of the university is to graduate players and you can’t fail at the most important task whether you’re national champions or not.”
Emmert said if the new rule had been used last year, seven men’s basketball teams and eight football teams would have been ineligible for the postseason. And there’s almost no way out for teams who don’t make the grade.
“You can appeal, but we are going to be very, very strict about appeals,” said Walt Harrison, chairman of the committee on academic performance. “So we really don’t expect waivers to be a major factor.”
As part of the plan, the board agreed to raise eligibility standards for incoming freshmen and junior college transfers. Previously, high school seniors needed a 2.0 GPA in 16 core courses. Now they’ll need a 2.3 and will have to complete 10 of those classes before their senior year.
Junior college transfers will need a 2.5 GPA and can only count two physical education credits toward their eligibility.
The other big issue was summer basketball recruiting.
The board has agreed to drop the text messaging ban and allow unlimited contacts to prep players after June 15 of their sophomore year. But coaches. But instead of having 20 evaluation days in July, coaches will have four in April, previous a dead period, and 12 in July. And they’ll have more on-campus contact with recruits and current players during the summer. Some of those details will be worked out in January.
Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, said the changes could help limit the influence of agents or unscrupulous coaches, which has become yet another problem for the NCAA.
“In the summer, there are third-parties looking to access our student-athletes as well, work them out,” Haney said. “So by allowing access in the summer, we allow coaches to empower our players to become better players.”
The NCAA still has plenty of issues to tackle.
In January, the board is expected to get recommendations on how to shrink the massive rulebook. On Thursday, it backed a plan to focus on integrity issues rather than specifics, and it could include a new definition of who qualifies as an agent. A vote isn’t expected until April.
The NCAA did not talk about its long-discussed agent registry or forming a panel to help college players make decisions about turning pro.
And it still plans to scrap the current two-tiered penalty structure in favor of four categories with specific penalty guidelines. A vote on that will not likely come until next October.
“I think there’s a recognition that the (old) process invited people to step over the line because it was very convoluted,” Elmore said. “Now we’re getting swift, severe sanctions, and that’s what we need.”
How Vanderbilt became the titan of college baseball play Vandy coach Corbin thanks his seniors (1:56)
Jun 27, 2019
Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer
OMAHA, Neb. — “My coach, Tim Corbin, he’s Nick Saban,” said Kumar Rocker, the Vanderbilt freshman ace who’d just been named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player.
“Tim Corbin and the Vandy baseball team is the hottest brand in Nashville,” said Derek Mason, head coach of the Vanderbilt football team.
“Tim Corbin is the best head coach in America, no matter what sport you’re talking about,” said Erik Bakich, head coach of a Michigan team built in Vanderbilt’s image but which fell short when matched.
Comparisons to Duke and Mike Krzyzewski at the close of the ESPN telecast. Comparisons to Tom Osborne and his legendary Nebraska football machine by a local Cornhusker State columnist. Predictions of a decade ahead, like the decade about to close, when Vanderbilt will continue to be the sport’s preseason favorite, as it was when this season began 4½ months ago.
All hail the Vanderbilt Commodores, the no-way-y’all-saw-this-coming captains of college baseball’s burgeoning new age.
On Wednesday night, Vanderbilt won the decisive Game 3 of the 2019 College World Series, defeating upstart Michigan 8-2 on a night when the team accumulated a mountain of milestones nearly as big as its postgame dogpile celebration on the field.
Vanderbilt enjoys the moment after winning the College World Series finals. Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos/Getty Images
The self-labeled Vandy Boys became the first two-time CWS champions in the nine-year history of TD Ameritrade Park. They are the only team to make three CWS finals appearances in that stadium and have made the eight-team CWS field four times since 2011, after making zero appearances all of the seasons before that. The Commodores set an SEC single-season record with 59 wins, two weeks ago they tied the SEC record with 13 players taken in a single Major League Baseball draft, and that came on the heels of sweeping both the SEC regular-season and tournament titles.
“I talk to people who played college baseball not so long ago, and they can’t believe that Vanderbilt baseball is what it is now,” outfielder and slugger JJ Bleday said Wednesday night, as teammates posed for photos with family members, and coaches’ children made “snow” angels in the baseline dirt. “But for my generation, this is what Vanderbilt baseball is. This is where people want to be. Where they want to play. I don’t know what it was back in the day. I just know what it is now. This is a two-time national championship program.”
Vandy beats Michigan to win College World Series
How Vanderbilt rose from the depths of grief to the College World Series
A program that was so irrelevant for so long that its most famous coaches were a sportswriter (Grantland Rice), a controversial philosopher (Herbert Charles Sanborn) and a bunch of gray-haired men who were either cup-of-coffee big leaguers or football and basketball coaches who also happened to coach baseball on the side, including Alabama legend Wallace Wade. During the 20th century, the Commodores made the NCAA tournament field three times. Ever.
In this century, they have been to the postseason 15 times. Since 2004, they have missed it only once.
Vanderbilt hasn’t merely raised its baseball standards, it has become the standard for the entirety of a sport that suddenly feels as if it is crossing over into uncharted territory. This year’s CWS field was an eight-pack of classic programs that have never won a title (Arkansas, Florida State, Mississippi State), longtime absentees finally finding a road map back to Omaha (Michigan, back for the first time since 1984; Auburn, first trip since 1997), and three teams who have become CWS regulars (Louisville, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt), but only in recent times. All but one of their 13 combined berths have been earned over the past eight years.
There was no LSU, Miami or Texas. There wasn’t a single representative from the states of Arizona or California, long the pipelines and foundations with which the College World Series was built. Florida State’s Mike Martin retired last week. Stanford’s Mark Marquess retired two years ago. Texas and Cal State Fullerton legend Augie Garrido is gone.
Philip Clarke, center, and Ethan Paul, right, helped Vanderbilt open its lead in the third inning. AP Photo/Nati Harnik
The game of college baseball feels as if it’s pushing over the Missouri River like the pioneers who founded the city of Omaha 165 years ago. And the man who is leading it into the new frontier is Corbin.
“Coach Corbs is a tone-setting guy,” explained senior shortstop Ethan Paul, who finished his collegiate career with a 2-for-3 night that included an RBI and a run scored. “You go to work every day and you are climbing a ladder. If you don’t get where you need to be, you figure out why and get there the next time.”
“That’s really it,” agreed Vanderbilt strength coach Chris Ham, who joined the team in 2007 — Corbin’s fifth season on the job — that was anchored by three first team All-Americans, including future MLB All-Star David Price. “There was so much pressure on that team and we lost to [Michigan] in the regionals. Three years later, we get to the super regional, but we lose. The next year we get to Omaha but finish third. Three years later we win it all. The climb to here tonight was very similar.”
That’s building a program.
“What you strive for first is to make people believe,” Corbin said, his heels touching the edge of a pitching mound dotted with black and gold confetti. “Once people begin to believe that, hey, we can win here, then you have a chance to build something. Not just something to enjoy for a year or two. Something that will last.”
No one appreciates that construction project more than the 2019 College World Series runner-up. As Vanderbilt celebrated, Michigan’s coaches and players suppressed their sadness by first watching the victors celebrate and then heaping praise on the team that had just beaten them.
Under coach Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt baseball has dominated Omaha since 2011. ESPN
Vandy is the program that Michigan is unapologetically modeled after, a cold-weather Big Ten school that just made it further than any of their ilk has in decades. Bakich served as an assistant coach under Corbin for seven years, right at the outset of Vanderbilt’s rise to relevance, leaving in 2009 and taking over in Ann Arbor in 2013. Even apart, they are in constant communication. Bakich’s admiration for Corbin is well-documented. Throughout the three-game CWS title series, his players added their voices to the chorus.
“Vanderbilt is the program you grew up watching, just studying everything they did, from practice to game strategy to building a roster,” said Michigan sophomore catcher Joe Donovan, speaking words at which college baseball players just a generation ago would have laughed. “Seeing it up close, you are even more impressed. You think, OK, that’s it. That’s who we want to be. That’s why they have that trophy tonight and it’s not their first one.”
Added Bakich: “I have learned so much from Tim and still do. But maybe the biggest lesson is that the building never stops. Just because you make it to Omaha, that’s not the finish line. Winning here is. And then when you win one championship, you start working toward the next one. That’s not just a college baseball team, that’s a college baseball program.”
As Bakich said it, his friend and mentor wrapped up his celebration on the sport’s most hallowed ground. Promised land from which his team was once banished, but now occupies so often they should have to pay Omaha property taxes.
Tim Corbin, leader of the Vanderbilt Commodores, not just a college baseball pro