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CNN BLOG: Friday, March 23rd

According to CNN the NCAA recently created a new rule that requires collegiate basketball teams to have graduation rates of 50 percent to qualify for post season tournaments.

Your question: In your opinion is the NCAA holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard? WHY OR WHY NOT?

***Remember, 3-5 full sentences indicates a well thought out response. Some of you do not even read the question and end up posting responses that make absolutely no sense.***

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542 comments on “CNN BLOG: Friday, March 23rd

  1. I think no because students should be focused on school and basketball. You need your grades to be good to be able to join basketball. If they are not then maybe you won’t be able to. I think that people should be focused on school more because whatever high grade they get will help their education in the future.

  2. I do not think they should have academic standards. They do not need to be smart to play the sport so why should they have to have good grades. 7. < Thats right 7. People who want to go to college for things like business they need to keep good grades.

  3. I think that it is good for the standards to be raised because it helps for these people to succeed in life. The people will develop even more skills that are useful for taking care of themselves and others and teach them more responsibly.

  4. This is my comment

  5. I think that it is high enough. it makes kids try more so they can stay in the sport they like. it will encourage kids to do better in college.

  6. I dont know alot about like basketball or any of that stuff but 50% doesnt sound so good like thats only half… Most wont even go pro probably like thats one in a million chace they actually go pro. so they shouldnt be just all like oh im in college basketball im going to be in the big leagues not going to try in school.

  7. I think that they should have a set grade students must be getting in their classes to stay on the team. They should not be allowed on if they have a lower grade average. This will most likely motivate students to do well.

  8. I think they should at least higher than that because there all students and they need to try their best.

  9. I think that the college can use their money however they want. But only if they use it right. They can buy new facilities and stuff but they still need to provide for their players education. It is also the players choice of if he wants more of school or more of basketball. Because when they get a scholarship to play basketball there, then they have to study something. If they don’t graduate then there was no point of even going to college.

  10. I think if they are going to go to college just to play a sport then they might as well not go at all. There is a very little percentage of college basketball players that actually go pro. I think its a good thing they raised their standards for the basketball players because the ones that don’t go pro could get a well paying job with the college experience they have gotten.

  11. I don’t think so. Some do but some they just want to get to the NBA so they can escape from their education. I think they need to make something that can be really helpful, for the players, and make them graduate and maybe go to the NBA as well. The programs need to be more powerful the energy of the game. The students are just more focused on winning the championship. So, programs need to aim higher than what they are doing now. It might work for both them, and the players.

  12. I think that it needs to be higher. But most of the good athletes aren’t that smart not to be mean. But I think it needs to be about 70 percent.

  13. I think that education is one of the most important things that you need to succeed. I don’t know if they are holding the standards high enough. But I do think that its good thing that they are doing this, they are setting the basketball players to have a brighter future if they go and do something else or continue on.

  14. No i think that they are not holding that high of an athletic standard. I think this because if they end up quitting basketball they have another career they can end up going to. Not everyone ends up going into pro. They will end up not getting asked into a pro team and will have no job if they drop out.

  15. They have basketball don’t take that away from them just because of their grades. Its their money getting flushed!!

  16. I don’t think they are to high, I think they are perfect. Athletes are gone so much with sports and its really hard to keep up with good greades with practices and games all the time. It is really good that they have people to help them stay on task. I think athletes like them play a big role in what kid our age see when we watch sports. They are showing in order to play you need to keep your grade good and be able to graduate, you can’t just play a sport in collage and expect to get through.

  17. I believe that the stabbed is good but they may needed to do more to give the schools a push. I mean something like they have to sped about the same amount of money on academics as they spend on basketball team. You know something that keeps basketball and academics even in importance.

  18. I don’t think its too high at all. I believe if you go to college you are expected to graduate. I mean why would you go and waste your time if not going to graduate. The basketball players are just as responsible for their grades as anyone else going to college.

  19. I think that the program will increase the graduation rate. I think that it will have the students more focused on there school work more than basketball. This is going to be a good idea for the students so they wont fall back in school.

  20. Honestly, I didn’t know that there were so many students who play college sports not graduating. Especially since coaches look for players who are also able to get an academic scholarship. So, I think that they are putting too low of standards for the players. I think that 70% should at least graduate. You’re most likely not going to professionally going to play the sport for the rest of your life until you come to the time to retire.

    • I agree that there should be at least 70% graduating. Yeah, you want to play your sport but you go to college for an education and that should be your main focus. I agree that even if you become a professional you most likely will stop before you retire and need a plan for when you stop playing.

  21. I think that it was a good thing they raised their expectations but I still think that they bare not high enough. With how many people play they should have at least a 75% expectation. There is really no point in going to college if all their going to do is play basketball. They go to college for an education and that should be their focus.

  22. I think that they maybe should hold the players to a bit higher standards because they may not be able to stay playing basketball forever, they need a fall back. If someone gets injured enough to not be able to go back into it they should have their other grades up so that they have something to do if that does happen.

  23. i think that its good that the school’s are doing this because then every gets to play they wouldn’t have to worry about siting out because of there grades so everyone gets to play and i think that’s how it should be

  24. I believe that grades should always take the higher spot over sports even if you are the next Michael Jordan…….. or the next Christiano Rinaldo. If I make an all state team and bring home a D on a report card my dad will beat me. This should continue on untill a person is out of college and mastering their trade.

  25. Oops, I forgot to delete the question. Sorry.

  26. In your opinion is the NCAA holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    I don’t think that a rate of 50% is high enough. This is because you could have just one person more than those who fail pass and it’d be alright. Yeah, the kids can ball hard now, but they can’t spell it. I think that the acceptable amount would be the average of people that graduate that aren’t in sports, or that are in other sports, however I don’t know if this is higher or lower than 50% so this could go against me. If there was a number I’d put it at it’d be around 80-85%. I think that it is good for them to have tutors however. Whoever came up with that idea was purrrrdy smart.
    #fridaynightblognight

  27. I think its a little harsh, but I think it will help people focus on school better because they know, they need to do good in school if they want to follow their dreams and play basketball.

    • Hey Amanda:) I think you have a good point that they should follow their dreams, but I think that they should be held to higher standards because what if they get injured and aren’t able to play anymore? They need something to fall back on

  28. In your opinion is the NCAA holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard? WHY OR WHY NOT?
    Education is far more important than any sport. chances of becoming a professional basketball player and getting rich is so scarce that it simply is not realistic to forsake education. The NCAA is doing a good thing by raising standards. Academics are required to succeed in life. The term is “Student athlete”, not “Athlete student”. Being a student should always come first.

    • I agree with you. Education will get you farther in life than a sport will. I like that you said it is a student athlete, not an athlete student!

  29. I think that the NCAA should hold there players to a higher stander in academics than 50%. The reason is that not many basketball players go pro or if they do they could be injured for life. Once college is over or they are hurt than the players will be jobless and most likely be poor. Also many people look up to these collage players and do you think failing in school is a good example? Nope.

  30. I think that i should be a little higher for the graduation rate. I think i school should have like 60% of its students or more graduate.This is because many students are more worried about their sport than school and they need to know they have to be worried about school and their sport. This would make more people graduate along with alot of smarter players.

    • Yeah i agree with you they should have more like a 60% graduation rate, and that they are more worried about there sport.

  31. No, because they want the players to stay on their team because they ball hard. If a kid can ball hard, let them ball hard because they are good at shooting hoops. Also, they shouldn’t help the players a lot in the class room. The player should be able to go hard in the paint and go hard in the class. I want to see a pro baller pass College with a 3.8 or higher. Keep ballin’ hard.
    #GoHardInThePaint

  32. In my opinion the NCAA should have a high enough academic standard for the university athlete program. I think that because you should have good grades to be able to play sports. Being able to play sports is a privilege and you should be able to keep up your grades to play basketball. Also, if the players realized that they didn’t want to play basketball professionally, they would still have some education background.

    • I agree with you Kalie, education comes first. And if they didn’t want sports anymore they could do something that involved academics.

    • I agree that even if a player is the very best, they still need a steady job to do after they are done with their professional career. Sports are not the most reliable careers out there, so you need a back up plan and you need to graduate.

  33. I think that it should be higher than 50% because not every basketball player makes it pro. They should also study other things so that they have a plan B. And if they don’t have something to work for, then it is sorta worthless.

  34. i think that is a good thing because it will have people focus just as much on school as they do in basketball and if they we not to go to the NBA they could have a fall back plan to go to college for something else because they have good grades and a good GPA not just a good free throw %.

  35. I think they need to expect more of them. Only a 50% graduation rate isn’t good, and they could do better. I think they should be like the school that is giving them private tutors. They will do it, if they really want to play basketball.

  36. No, i don’t think that they are holding the academic standard. Because, not all basketball players that are in college end up going pro. So, I don’t think that they are holding too high of an academic standard, because it could help them if they did not make it to the pros.

  37. I think its a good standard because Basketball takes up a lot of your time. If the players can’t keep up on their grades with the basketball schedule, then they shouldn’t be on the team. I think that the players with the higher grades should be the ones to play in games too. This motivates the others on the team to raise their grades.

  38. They’re supposed to be past that point in their life where grades are supposed to determine whether they play sports or not, so I don’t think the grades in their past should matter. Once you graduate school, you’re supposed to go onto a job, and this is their job, so grades really shouldn’t matter. If they’re great for the team and a good player, but have bad grades, it would probably be a bad move to kick them off the team. They don’t use science, history, etc. to play basketball, they use their skills.

  39. In my opinion the NCAA is holding high enough standards academically. They have tutors while they are flying to games which is very responsible in taking part of their grades. I think they should try hard on the court and off the court.

  40. i think that it is good that they support the students but the could do more. School is one of the most important thing. It needs to be taken and used.

  41. I think that these are high enough standards. You want people to do good in school to. I think that they might even be not high enough.

  42. i don’t think that the NCAA is holding colleges to higher basketball players graduation rate. I think that this rate needs to be higher because those players are the Future of the U.S. This also makes the players more responsible

  43. I think they are holding them to a high enough graduation rate but I don’t think that they should even have a graduation rate for teams to get into the tournament because it’s a whole different thing than academics.Some people go to schools just for sports.It is a good thing too though because most people won’t make it to professional sports so they will need to graduate and find a job.

  44. I think it is a good standard because, they need to keep their priority’s straight and education is more important than school.

  45. Yes i think the NCAA is holding the basketball players to a high enough standard. Without the standards, the players might not focus on school and focus on only basketball instead. Also, if the players don’t go pro is basketball, they will still need an education to get a different job.

  46. They are holding high expectations, but i think its a good thing because if they there grades up then GOOD FOR THEM.

  47. I don’t think that the placement of graduates is high enough. I think this is not high enough because if they are supposed to be in college, then they shouldn’t just need to worry about practice. Make practices shorter and have all private tutors for all sports players when they are done with practice. Then they will have practice and time on school work which they need.

  48. i think that the NCAA should do that because if they dont have the grades they cant play. This would help the players a lot. This will keep the players from being stressed from school.

  49. I think that the NCAA is at a good percentage for tests at least because if those people choose not to study or to do well its all on them. Because they might or might not be playing basketball the rest of your life and will then not have any education to get a successful job after there basketball career. But also i think that if the percentage was higher it would give those people a motive to get good grades.

    • I honestly think that is one of the top 8 posts in the history of the world. I agree with what you said. Most college athletes will go pro in something other than sports.

  50. i Think the expectations aren’t to high. I think they still have to get good grades even though they play basketball. Most likely they won’t even go pro.

  51. I think that the schools should have to have a high graduation rate because most of the players that play college basketball don’t get into the NBA. If they dont graduate from college then they wont be able to get a job. Their job in college is to get good grades… Not focus on sports.

    • I’m with you on that. It’s really hared to get into the NBA and if they don’t make it then they need something to fall back on. Not to menchain the kids back at the college need to lea.

  52. I don’t know if the program will help. It doesn’t really bother me either. It might increase graduation rates or it might not. I don’t know.

  53. I do think they are holding high expectations, but in a good way. Many young people look up to them and they need to set good examples. I think it is important for athletes to get good grades because it teaches them responsibility and they shouldn’t be able to slack off just because they CHOSE to do a sport.

    • I agree with this 100%, they are gone playing sports so much and they should have to have good grades to keep playing, shows they are responsible(:

  54. They should of raised the graduation rate. If you play a sport you still have to focus on school.

    • I agree. Even though they play a sport, they should still focus on school. Cause there just might be a possibility that they don’t make it.

  55. I think the ncaa is not holding a big atheltic school too high. basketball isnt my sport i dont really like it so i dont realy care.

  56. I like how the NCAA is telling the Coleridge. To help the students pass. My brother had to do the same thing, but it is is for all of there sports so the good players will be cot up. I do this avert day, so i can or don’t get over wale.

  57. I think that they need to rise the expectation level for the basketball players. Players should have to be able to hold at least a 70% or higher. They are still students and need to try their best at school as well as basketball.

  58. I think that even if they do play, they should be able to keep there grades up. This would also help them realize that they need to keep them up or they would be able to graduate.

  59. I think that this is a good idea. If you focus more on the sport that you are playing, you wont get the best grades in school. I think that this will help students focus more on school other that sports so that the graduation rate increases. People who do better in school do better in life.

  60. i think the standards they are holding them to could be set a little higher. for the reason of most of the reason why those kids are in school is to play basketball so if you make them have a high gpa to play then they will do what they can to reach it so they can play the sport they love…. speaking of love i love Narwhal bacon! ;D

  61. I think that they are holding a high enough academic standard because they are still getting their work done. And, teacher & tutors follow them everywhere to make sure they get their work done.

  62. I think they need to focus more on academic standards. I think they should pay for tutors instead of the players, or the universities. I think that they should do that because if players focus on basketball instead of their studies, if their basketball career doesn’t take off, they will be behind in everything else.

  63. I feel like NCAA is holding a high enough standard for the players academically. Graduating is a good achievement and that is a high enough standard for the players, especially since they are missing classes and have less study time due to practice and games.

  64. no i dont think they should because alot of kids go to schools not because of grades but theyre amazing at sports such as basketball and not have to have a 50 percent graduating rate.

  65. I think that 50% isn’t a good enough graduation rate and that they should raise it. They should raise it because if you really love basketball then your grades should be considered first. There is always that chance that you don’t get on a professional team after college and when it comes, you would have wasted your time at college.

  66. They are at college not just for sports and they are expected to graduate. I definitely think they should put focus into their classes but not as much as basketball. After all, that is their main priority and their main reason for being there. I think 50% is a perfect standard.

  67. I think the NCAA holding university athletic programs is not to high of an academic standard because it will push basketball players to graduate. I think its a really good idea because the graduation level should be way way higher than it is. I think it will help the graduation level to increase.

  68. I don’t think that the athletic programs are high enough. Basketball players focus only on basketball and not on their work. I think that the athletic program standards should be a lot higher. The basketball players should have higher academic standards so they can focus on their academic work too.

  69. I think that even though they play basketball, they should still have decent grades. This will also push the players to keep up their grades to stay on the team. It will also help the players be more focused in school and keep their grades up.

  70. I think that what they’re doing is really good for the players. I do think that the standards they set are high enough and it will teach the players discipline on and off the court. This will also help them if they decide one day that they don’t want to do basketball anymore, because then they’ll have the grades to go do something else with their life.

  71. I do not that a 50 percent graduation rate is a high enough requirement for the basketball teams. What will happen to those who get injured and can no longer participate in the sport? If they don’t graduate college, they will not be as successful and will have to settle for a lower paying job than they would if they would have graduated from college. Half of the team graduating should not be acceptable. Also once they graduate they will not be able to get a good job and won’t have a successful career.

  72. I think the team should a higher than 50% graduation rate. A 50% is failing is considered failing. I think they should have a least a 60% graduation rate.

  73. I don’t think University’s academic standards are high enough for the sports players. I think the University sports academic should be a lot higher. A lot of times, sports players for University’s get full ride scholarships to play sports. Since they are getting a free education, they should have higher academic standards because their education is free, and if they aren’t even taking it seriously, someone else that would take their education seriously could use a free education instead of the sports players.

  74. i think that idea of having them have a to have a 50 present graduation is good. this would help them focus on school then just basketball. the academic standard is not to high or to low so it will help graduation rate go up.

  75. I don’t think that the NCAA is pushing the athletes hard enough to their abilities. Yes, some athletes may struggle in certain classes, but if they can play Basketball, they should be able to pass on through college, while succeeding in all of their classes with a higher academic standard.

  76. I think it’s a good thing that they are making the players concentrate on their school work too. It makes school and sports a lot easier and better for them.

  77. yea the should because if they want to pass they need to do the work.

  78. In my opinion, I don’t think the NCAA has high standards for collegiate basketball teams. Because for a collegiate basketball team, they should have at least a 50% graduate rate. Also, a 50% doesn’t seem like that hard to get above.

  79. I could argue for both sides. I agree that the academic standard is high enough. What if they’re a basketball star and didn’t get good grades, or didn’t want to go to college? They’re good. They shouldn’t have to graduate college just to be on the team. You don’t have to go to college for basketball. I don’t really think it’s necessary that they must graduate to be on the team.

  80. I think it is good they they are increasing academia standers and i think that the basketball players need to be in charge of their school work still and be able to graduate with good grades. i really like how they got tooters for the basketball players that would go with them on their games and help with with their school work.

  81. I think if they don’t have high standards than the players will just focus on their games and not academics. Having the brains and being able to play sports is every good! I think they should make their standards higher than they are.

  82. I think you should have to have good grades in order to play a sport. If you don’t care about your grades and all you care about is your sport you play, the college you play for shouldn’t pay for your education. You should do good in school and in sports.

    • I agree with you. The athletes need to be more focused on their education. Sports and education should be equally important to them.

  83. i don’t know much about this stuff but i think they should keep the standards as they are for now.the students need to focus on both basketball and school so if the standers where lower than there would be more athletes that are not that good.if they bring them up then they would focus to much on basketball witch can be a problem.

  84. No, I think that the athletes should be more focused on their education. Their education should come before basketball. The athletes won’t be able to play basketball forever. They will need a job after. They need to set the standards higher. More basketball players should be graduating.

  85. i think they should have more time in school then playing basketball everyday, because if they don’t do a good job in high school they wont get the job they want. and everything shouldn’t be all about basketball all the time. the students so be able to pick when they have practice and games so they can focus on there school and not just basketball.

  86. I do think that they are holding their standards high enough because you don’t want to raise the bar to high so that they cant focus on the game and they are worrying about turning something in they set it to where they can turn it in whenever and still get an education. but it is better they getting no education .

  87. Wow Deajay I am so glad that you think school is so important! You’re right too I think school is a huge priority.

  88. yes because if they dont need to pass to play basketball then they wouldnt pass.

  89. I think that the rule right now of a fifty percent graduation rate is good enough because it still pushes them. I think that it is better than to have no rule at all. I dont think that it would be right for them to just take the tournament away from a team that had worked hard all season, and they should be able to make the tournament. But I can see why they have the rule because it pushes them to be better in their classes.

  90. i think that is a really good idea because it shows that you dont have to be all talent and you actually have to do your work instead of saying im good cause im gonna be a professinal b ball player so im blowing of school

  91. I think that the education rate should be higher. If they want to play basketball then the players would have to have a higher education rate. This would provide a better education and also still allow them to play basketball

  92. In my opinion….no they are not holding high enough standards ….50% grad rate….thats awful………

  93. I think that 50% is too low, they need to focus on school because it is very likely that they will not make it to the NBA. They need something else to fall back on. So. therefore it is much to low, 50% fails.

  94. I think this is right they should have a high graduation rated because it is not all about winning basketball games at a university/college it is also about getting an education and moving on with their life. Most of these kids won’t go to the NBA and if they have bad grades they won’t have much of a job. So it is not good to not do well in school and just focus on basketball if isn’t going to be your career you need a back up plan with your life and that is why colleges need to make sure that their students athletes have good grades and can graduate.

  95. I feel that the Marquette program is were all schools should be at by mixing their high end basketball program and the advanced tutelage of the students all schools should try to be like them

  96. Yes, i think that they should have to focus more on there classes. once they get good enough grades then they can play basketball. whats the point of college basketball if you fail your classes.

    • I agree that they should have to get their grades up and keep them up in order for them to be able to play basketball. If hey can’t handle basketball and classes, then they should drop basketball, because classes are more important.

  97. The NCAA in my opinion is doing enough for the academic standards of the basketball players. They recently made it so the graduation rate now has to be 50%, so they can play during the post-season. If it is not up to 50% then they don’t play the post-season.

  98. i dont think that that is fair to do because they dont have control over other students that do not graduate so i dont think its fair. but i know that you go to colage for education and not sports. it would be bad if some kids did great and then some faild and they couldnt play.

  99. No, this is good because, school and education should be the number one thing. And never forget that we came to school to learn not to play sports. Yes, there are sports to play, but what makes you be able to play are your grades.

  100. I think that the NCAA is holding university athletic programs to high enough academic standard because they are willing to push themselves hard to be able to go play on the court. I think making this academic standard will push them more as athletes as well as boosting their academics.

  101. I think that the NCAA should put a higher mandatory graduation rate. This would make players have education a higher priority. That way after graduation there would be more graduates.

  102. yes, because if they don’t try no one will pass there classes. But if they start trying they will be able to go to the tournament. also I do not think that the graduation rate is high enough 50 percent is pretty low I hope we can raise that.

  103. i think that below 50 percent is down right terrible. i think that it needs to be higher, they need to graduate. i agree with the person who said we needed 90 percent

  104. no, graduation should be the most important thing. the graduation rate should be at least 85%, not 50%.

  105. I think that having a private tutor for the basketball team may seem a little outrageous but if you consider the teams a winning team there grades are being kept up and that they travel with them on away games if it works for them I think it’s a god idea.

  106. I think that the basketball players have to have 50% is good because they need to know more than just basketball to make life easier for them. When you go to collage you go to learn.

  107. I do not think they are holding them to a high enough standard because what if basketball doesn’t work out for them. If they don’t have a good education to fall back on then they will have to go to school again and how would they pay for that. They should have a higher standard.

  108. I think that more then 50% of the team should have to graduate in order for the team to have a good season. this way they will be more motivated to gradutes because they dont want to let their team, and family down.

  109. No, I do not that a 50 percent graduation rate is a high enough requirement for the basketball teams. What will happen to those who get injured and can no longer participate in the sport? If they don’t graduate college, they will not be as successful and will have to settle for a lower paying job than they would if they would have graduated from college. Half of the team graduating should not be acceptable.

  110. well i think that they are doing good on holding them on a higher standerd now so that they will not gist be at school for sports but for school and after as a fun thing after school sports should not be a more imported for the kids to make a baskite than git a a in a class

  111. Yes because if they don’t have high enough standards then they wont be able to graduate. Education has to come first before sports. And if they do graduate they can go on playing sports and be in more games and learn a lot.

  112. I think that the NCAA is doing a good job by trying to make their players work harder academically. I think 50% is more than giving when it comes to how many have to graduate. If you think about it that is half of the class, that’s not a lot of people.

  113. I don’t think that athletes are being held to high enough standards. 50% graduation rate is absolutely terrible, imagine if only half of Howell’s sports team graduated! We would be the laughingstock of Livingston county. I know the basketball players in college need to spend a lot of their time practicing, but how could they let their grade slip so much that they did not graduate? I simply can’t imagine how many classes you’d have to fail to not graduate. Athletes need to be held to higher standards.

  114. i think that more then 50% of the team should pass! school is the first priority, then it comes basketball. Normally in school you have to have a GPA, so i think if you dont pass you are not just letting yourself and family down, but also your duty as a team mate.

  115. I think the NCAA should make the standard a little bit higher. They should make it like 70% or 75% of the team has to graduate. If only 50% of the basketball team is graduating that means half don’t graduate collage. Even though most basketball players will go on to the NBA or something they should still have an education.

  116. I think it’s a good idea to have these tutors and the academic standards even though i think they should be higher because if only 50% of the team graduates what happens to the other half? I think if they wanna play basketball when their out of school they should also have an education.

  117. Yes because the players will have to try hard to graduate and if hey don’t they cant play.

  118. It doesn’t matter. If the player has natural talent and will go very far, who cares whether or not he/she is smart? They could be as dumb as a bull, as long as they know the rules, how to communicate, and is really good at the game. I know of lots of stupid people who are rich and famous because they are good at what they love. Not everyone is Albert Einstein.

  119. I think that only 50% is pretty low. That is 1/2 of the team failing, so i think it should be raised a little. But if the players are really good and are going to go all the way i don’t think it matters if they graduate.

  120. I think that they should raise the standards of the academic part of their schooling. If they think that should give more opportunities for students with better grades and if that’s more than 50 percent of the kids, they should give it to them anyways especially if there good. All the basketball players will think that they only need to succeed in that field and not any of their education so once there done with basketball, they wont be able to get a good job for the after fact.

  121. I agree with you agreeing. 🙂

  122. Yes, because if they love basketball that much then they will study and try hard in school and get good grades just to stay in basketball. They will end up being able to keep playing and plus then it makes them do their work more because if they want to stay in basketball they need to do the work.

  123. I think that this is far. School should come before academics at any situation. The NCAA is making it more fair and is encouraging students that play sports to also learn.

  124. I think that a 50% graduation rate is a good place to start. Every year they should increase the number a little so they can set a better goal for those generations to come. This will allow the students to strive to do better so they can go onto collage.

  125. I think its very important that the players should have a better percent to play in basketball. Only 50% need to graduate and i think it should be higher than that to participate

  126. I think that they should be held to a higher academic standard because they won’t be able to play sports for the rest of their lives.They need more of an education than playing sports because if they don’t graduate college and they don’t end up on a basketball team then what are they going to do?They don’t have a good education so it’ll be hard for them to find a good job.So,I say that they make raise the bar and make sure that most of them(more than 50 percent) graduate.

  127. I think that is good for the players to have a good grade while playing basketball because they will have a brighter future and almost be set for their life ahead, if they are not doing well in school then they wont pass collage and move on in life. But i do think that they would rise the percentage of how many players have to graduate in order for the team to play.

  128. If I was head of the NCAA I would set a higher standard because there is only a 50% graduation rate and to me that is very low. I would hold the team to have at least a 95% graduation rate because having only half the team is horrible that’s like half of our history class would graduate and half wouldn’t. I think that if the students are struggling to graduate how ever they should be given their own private tutor to help them graduate

  129. No, I think they need to do better than being able to graduate. If they decide not to do basketball in the future or they cannot, it would be good to have a better option than just passing, but it is good they at least have a standard you need to pass.

  130. I think that what the NCAA is doing is good. If the players don’t go an and play pro, they will need another choice. Like getting a job for a living. If they don’t get a degree it will make it hard for them to get a good job.

  131. I think no because students should be focused on school and basketball. You need your grades to be good to be able to join basketball. If they are not then maybe you won’t be able to. I think that people should be focused on school more because whatever high grade they get will help their education in the future.

  132. I think that they should get more education and take there life in there own hands and try to graduate, I think it should be higher than 50% for basketball players to graduate. More of them should graduate because they are probably not going to do basketball.

    • I think you are right about this. It is very important to be able to pass your classes and things when you are on a sports team that travels all the time. It is an initiative to be able to graduate collage.

  133. I think that the rule is fine as long as the players are still getting an education. If they have tutors who travel with them and help them stay up with there homework and class assignments then it should be fine. The graduating prevent for the team 50% that is good, but it could be better.

  134. I don’t think that they are holding them to high enough standards because 50% is only half. The other half wont graduate and wont have the same opportunities as the others. Some of the best players could have the worst grades and they might want to get a job where they can take part in something that they love. The not as great players might have the best grades because they have more time than the ones who are always practicing.

    • If only half graduates, then what about the other students that are doing well and don’t get to graduate, holding back opportunities.

  135. I think that they are holding university athletic programs to a high enough standard because they spent extra money on paying for tutors or teachers to come with them on the road. This is a great step to make sure collage students or even high school students graduate. With spending the extra money it allows the students to study and learn on the road without having to be in the class room hearing the lecture from the teachers everyday. If I played a sport that includes a lot of traveling I would like to be able to learn on the road it I could.

  136. I think that raising the graduation rate would help and it’s a pretty good idea. I think that raising their standards would help them focus more on school and not just basketball. I will help them become better students.

  137. I think they are because all though they are there for the university, their top priority. But it could also be the other way because most of the players wont go to the NBA so they will go into a regular job with a regular degree.

  138. Yes, i think that raising the graduation rates would help a lot and i think it’s a good idea. I think that raising the standards and would help them focus more on school rather than basketball and help them become better students in school.

  139. Yes i do think it’s a high enough standard because it makes people work harder. if they don’t do good then they cant play in the postseason. it’s a good motivational way to keep grades up because any basketball fan would do whatever they can to keep it going.

  140. i do not think that the graduation rate is high enough for the people to play basketball because it makes the team look bad. It should be 100 percent or else you cant make the team.

  141. I think that this new rule is good. Now that they have a motivation to graduate, of course they are going to try to reach that goal. I think that since they have tutors helping them, that nothing is wrong with it. They have school work to do, and teachers to come along so they don’t miss out on anything,

  142. i think that it is the right thing to do regular students spend all day and all night
    to pass classes and graduate that if the athletes got to get off esay for not doing anything i think that it would be unfair. but this is a very good thing that is being done.

  143. I think its okay for the NCAA to be holding the standards high for the basketball team. When the players go to college I don’t think they should be focused only on basketball, they should be worried about their education as well. I think all those extra steps they do to ensure that the players get good enough grades to graduate is good for them, so there’s benefits to this, they can continue playing basketball and have an education.

  144. No. They need more education than they are getting. just because they are playing a sport doesnt mean that they dont have to get the same amount of education as everyone else.

  145. I think that they should hold them to a higher standard. I think this because if they don’t then they won’t go on to be successful in the future so that will make all their dreams, including playing basketball not be able to come true. So I think it should be at least 75%.

  146. I think that the NCAA is doing a good job keeping up on their academics because they’re spending a lot of money and time to do the work they can, as well as play basketball at the same time. If they are passing their classes and understanding the material that they’re learning, then the academics are fine. Plus only 50% of the team has to graduate, which is very little. It should be a higher rate.

  147. No i don’t think that the score they should have is high enough. I think they should at least have to have a 70%. I think this because i think they just need a better score.

  148. I don’t think they are holding to high of a academic program.I understand that keeping grades up and playing a sport is very difficult, because you don’t know how to balance. But if that one basketball team can do it, i’m pretty sure that every other team can do it, regardless of the budget.

  149. No. they need more education. They should be held to high expectations.

    • i agree that they should be held to high expetions as well but what about the kids that do do good and then the others are failing and they cant play because of them

  150. I think they are not holding them to high enough standards. At minimum they should be getting a 3.0. If they want to play basketball, they should be getting decent grades aswell.

  151. I think that a rule should be made that would hold all college athletes back in college until they graduate instead of leaving early to go play in the pros.

  152. I think that they are not. If they want to play the game they have to do the work and graduate to do it. School is more important than playing a game. Do your work and pass you get to play if not well you don’t play.

  153. I agree to, but you need more information to explain your answer

  154. I think that its a good that there makeing people finish school. I think this way because if they dont go pro they will have something to fall back on. also I think school is a very important. last school comes first and than sports.

  155. No, I think the athletes should be held more responsible for their academics and should have to be focused on them more. Intelligence will take you farther in life than basketball, or any other sport. The players main focus should be academics, and then they can focus on their sport only if they have a certain GPA.

  156. i think that 50% is way to low i think that it should be at least 90% because only 50% of the team graduating is very bad

  157. I think that the NCAA is doing the right thing. The players should have always had to graduate in order to play.

  158. I do not think that this new rule is too high. If you want to play basketball you should have to attend school still and have the 50% graduation rate. If you do not and just ignore school then your scholarship is basically going to waste. You do not attend a college just to play a sport, that is supposed to be a privilege. You go to college to get an education that you need in today’s society to get a job.

  159. I think that its good for the players because that means that they will probably work harder so that they can play on the team. If they miss school for a game or two i think its good that they have to make up the work and not just blow it off.

  160. Yes I think they are being held up to enough academic standards because they have to do school just like everybody else and make up the work when they miss it and they have a teacher that is there so they can graduate and continue to play basketball. If they didn’t have standards I think they would take basketball less serious and making them go to school means that they want to play basketball and be on the team.

    • I agree with you that they should go to school and make up work just like everyone else because it will help increase the percent of graduates

  161. i think that the grad rate should be higher than 50 percent to play in the post season. i think this because you go to collage to learn and plan what you want to do for the rest of your life. you not there to flunk classes.

  162. I think that the rule is perfectly fine, if the students have tutors to help them with their homework there’s no reason 50% of them shouldn’t graduate. Also, without this there wouldn’t be as much motivation to graduate, they’d just want to play their sport.

  163. Ya i agree that a team needs to have over a 50% grad rate, but it is a little shady if your on the border of a 50%. I think that you should have at least a 75% grad rate or a 2.0 gpa. So i say hit the books(or computers) or don’t play, plane and simple.

  164. I think this policy is really good. These players have the priviledge to play college basketball hundreds of thousands of other kids would love to have. If you have the ability to play, you should also keep your grades up.

  165. I think that you are correct and it defiantly should be higher than 50%. (You always right the most)

  166. I think that it is a good idea to have that system where they have to be in school or whatever to play. But a 50% is a failing grade, they should have an 80% to pass and play on the team. Then they will be smarter and people would really try in school because you would have to have good grades.

  167. Good educative achievement should be required for players to appoint the NCAA because it would help prevent financial recession is departure from the NCAA were to occur, and it gives them reason to seek more knowledge of things.

  168. i think they should probably raise the bar a little bit to encourage the students to do better in school and increase the graduation rate. if they dont make there NBA career they will have a college education to fall back on if they graduate so you can get a job.

  169. i think that they are not holding them to high enough standards. even in college there is 100’s of teams and they all have alot of players. so unless your some god at basketball then there is a good possibility that your not going to make a living off of basketball. and if you spend all of your college time on basketball and not getting a degree, then you dont go pro then your not going to go far in life. but if you spend your time doing your school work and then spending your free time practicing basketball then you have a back up plan

  170. I think that if you play a sport you have to be dedicated to school also. of course it is difficult but u need to put in the effort. I think its good that they raised the bar. It pressures people to succeed.

  171. I think that its great that they raised the bar. It is at a good percentage but honestly 50% does seem a little low but its only 1 out of 2 kids. It should be raised higher for the different academics for each school but 50% should be the lowest any school can put it.

  172. In my opinion i think they should to graduate to be able to play basketball because it is not a need it is a want. If the basketball players do not have standards they will just want to play the game and not even look towards good grades they will be so caught up in there game they won’t even pay attention to school. Plus they would not be able to get a job because they did not graduate with a good credit. I just think it is really important that they should pay attention to school and get a good education there then a good education in basketball.

  173. i think 50% is a little to low but they do need one because then they wouldnt try in classes at all. and it would be stupid to go to school and pay and just fail.

  174. I think the rule of 50% is a little too low. Even if it went up to at least 60% it would better. It would push players to take school seriously so that they can get into a tournament (it’s a good motivator). Even though basketball is important to many players, education is even more so because you’ll need it later in life rather than the sport just being an extracurricular activity. I think the extra help that some teams have such as tutors are a good step forward to increasing educational importance.

  175. I think this is a good idea because it lets the team members have a better education for themselves. This also helps them learn a little more about there game. If they are being taught off the court, then they will really be prepared for the real thing.

  176. I think the NCAA should raise the academic graduation rate because some players don’t become pro. They will need a higher academic level to be successful in life.

  177. I think that they are holding high academic standards to get in to a athletic thing. I think that 50% is a good set for the graduation rate.

    • I think that this person had done a terrific job and should get extra credit for writing such a great opinion of this.

  178. I think that its good that they’re getting the education that they need. It not all about sports, and now even if they go away they can still get the work done and not fail. They should have a 50% graduation rate.

  179. In my opinion the NCAA holding an academical graduate standard is a GREAT thing! I think the basketball players during the season should be able to multi-task and keep up with acedemics. Although they focus a whole lot on basketball they still need to be able to graduate. All colleges should be doing this because it would motivate teams to do better academical because, of course, they want to get in on the tournament.

  180. Yes because if they don’t, the players wont care about their academics, and they will just focus on the tournaments. If they only cared about the NCAA, and didn’t focus on school, they wouldn’t be able to get a job afterwards.

  181. I think that the NCAA need to up the percentage rate even higher. I think that athletes need to do better in the class room and on the field, not one or the other. A 50% rate is not good enough, they need to keep a good reputation and get even higher than that. The only way to get a higher percent rate is to have the students do better in the class room.

  182. In your opinion is the NCAA holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard? Yes. WHY OR WHY NOT? They play basketball, its not like they need to graduate they will never use the information they have learned. I mean if it makes them happy go for it, I dont really see why all of this is such a big deal. I have zero interest in sports anyway.

  183. I don’t think that the NCAA is holding it high enough. they should at least raise it to 55%. i know lots of people who don’t care about there grades. and if they raise it students will work harder so they can play basketball.

  184. Yes I think the NCAA is holding teams an university to high enough standards. When you play college basketball you have to miss class for practice and games, so when the NCAA raised the standards it makes the players have to keep up with school as much as basketball.

  185. I think the standard is set high enough. This will encourage students to do better in school. Half the basketball team is a lot.

  186. yes they should drop the standards for the grades because they are deciding to play basketball as a career sport

  187. yes i do think that the new rule is good. the reason for this i cause i provides a strong career path for the players that don’t go pro. and having the tutors fly with them is good so they don’t get behind.

  188. Yes, because if the players don’t graduate then they can’t have a back up plan if the can’t get into basketball. I also think that it gives them the ability to over come challenges and teaches them to have high expectations. This also helps by teaching them that graduation is a needed thing to play basketball no matter what level you are playing in

  189. Yes, because otherwise they have no standards to meet. This gives them something important to try and achieve other than basketball, and gives them the motivation to work harder at something so that they can continue to do the things they enjoy.

  190. I think that the NCAA needs to have higher standards for its players, the players need to graduate so they get a better life if they don’t go into the NBA.

  191. If anything it is too low. 50% is only half of the school. And they think that this is too high standers. I believe it should be up to about 75% not 50, its just too low, and if kids don’t graduate, they later in life it will be hard for them to find jobs because of this.

  192. I think they could higher the standards a little more, it is definetly a sign that basketball is taking up too much of their time if their grades a decreasing at a steady rate.

  193. I think that it is a good thing that the NCAA is finally making graduation a semi-requirement for the teams, but I don’t think 50% is good enough. More than half the team should be held to the responsibility of graduating so that no matter what happens after college whether they play basketball or not, they have an education to help them throughout their life. I think it sends a message that graduation is important and I hope it motivates students to do better in school.

  194. Yes, it is high enough and they need the education to make up for what they missed or didn’t get to do. I would think they would spend more time studying their academics than being on the court because education is important. But they also need to focus on there career at the same time.

  195. I think the NCAA should raise the graduation rate even higher than 50% because some of the basketball players wont make it pro so they will need to be educated. Also to teach the players a lesson that if you are good at something you don’t have to do your own responsibility.

  196. Yes, I believe it will be good for the players. They need to be educated and basketball can’t be the only thing holding their lives up. At some point their brain will take precedence over their physical strength and abilities and they will need to have something to fall back on.

  197. I think this policy is really good. These players have the priviledge to play college basketball hundreds of thousands of other kids would kill for. If you have the ability to play, you should also keep your grades up.

  198. i think that its very good to have the players do there school work and have help if they need it . its a good way to make such that they still care and have good grades in school. its a good balance between school and sports.

  199. I think they are. I know last year when i played basketball I had to have a 2.0 or higher but i didn’t think that was high enough. So i think that the players need to be passing all classes and be able to graduate before there even aloud on the team. If they are aloud to play sports you should have the academics to play.

    • I like your point that in high school or middle school you need to keep a 2.0 or above to stay on the team. I think that there should be more focus on academics than the sport even though both are important.

    • It wasn’t asking about when YOU played basketball.
      I disagree.

  200. I think if the NCAA should have that system. If they don’t the basketball players wouldn’t really know anything else but basketball. If they do have this EDU. Then they could get into a actual job working. If they didn’t, the basketball players couldn’t really ever get anywhere to do anything. It is also raising money they said to get new equipment, therefore i think it would be a good idea to upgrade those types of things.

  201. I don’t think that the NCAA is holding colleges to enough standards. I think that its pretty sad that a college has so many people not graduating unless money is an issue. I believe they should hold them to more standards so its easier to catch teams in the process of doing something that not suppose to.

  202. I think that 50 percent is too low for the team. Regardless of how good they are, basketball won’t be their life forever and they will always need something to fall back on. Without graduating college, it may be hard to find work if it is not within the NBA or NCAA.

    • I think youre totally right, if players don’t graduate then they might have a really hard time getting jobs outside of basketball

  203. I think that they are not holding them to high enough standards. It should be at least 75% of the graduation rate. I like how they are taking tutors at Marquette. I know from my experience that catching up after 2 or 3 days missed is really hard. That part they are doing well. After all the whole point of going to college is to have a better education.

  204. I think that the NCAA needs to hold the teams to a higher standard and stats, like 80% or higher graduation rate. That would make it fair for the players that actually graduate and don’t stay in school for a long time or flunk out. Plus it just seems ridiculous that they have to make the teams make sure their half their players graduate. Shouldn’t that many or more be graduating already? It’s sad to think they had to make a rule about that.

  205. I would think that a 75% graduation average would be better because i believe a 50% is a F and that’s not a good grade.

  206. i believe that NCAA is holding high enough academic standards.the reason i say this is because the students get help from teachers/tutors and get their GPA up while doing basket ball. the players said that the teachers and tutors are just like coaches but just without a whistle or doing any physical work.

    • But maybe these kids just decide to blow off their academics? It’s not like the tutor or anyone can force them to do work?

  207. I think its okay because in the future if they ever don’t want to do basketball anymore they can always have an education to get a job and do something else.

  208. No, not at all because player that are in college basketball should be able to graduate and get a good career instead of basketball. so i think this is a great rule.

  209. No, I think the bar should be raised a bit higher. Half of them graduating isn’t very many, and having well-rounded players is a good thing. They can’t play basketball their entire lives.

  210. I think that it is a good idea to hold these standards. And I do think they are holding them high enough. If the players didn’t have good grades, than the players would flunk out of school, and if they weren’t good enough for a pro basketball team, than they wouldn’t be able to get a job.

  211. In your opinion is the NCAA holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard? Sure. WHY OR WHY NOT? Because i don’t know, I don’t really have an opinion on anything about basketball or whatever.

  212. At a 50% graduation rate these students are hardly even at school and do their work during their travels to and from games, this grad. rate should definitely be higher due to the fact that these players are handed scholarships at ease due to their basketball skills, but these students should have to work harder for their achivements.

  213. yes, i think the team should have 50% or above to be able to play in post season games.

  214. I think they should raise the bar in a sense on their academic standards in order to play basketball. I think that setting their graduation rate at 50% is way too low. Only half the team graduating is a horrible statistic in my opinion. No matter how good they are at any sport, I think graduation is more than necessary. With that, I also think that the NCAA should have a certain grade point average. If i were them, i would set it somewhere around a 3.0. If they really applied themselves academically, especially with the extra teachers, the 3.0 would come easily. Not only should they do this with basketball, but all collegiate sports as well.

  215. The standard for these kids is already good enough. Getting at least 50% of all the kids on the team to graduate is a decent statistic. I don’t think the teams shouldn’t be allowed in the post season because some kids aren’t graduating, the kids who plan to graduate will continue to study and will graduate.

  216. Yes, because if the players don’t graduate then they can’t have a back up plan if the can’t get into basketball. I also think that it gives them the ability to over come challenges and teaches them to have high expectations. This also helps by teaching them that graduation is a needed thing to play basketball no matter what level you are playing in

  217. In my opinion, the NCAA is holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard because the basketball players need to graduate. Playing sports is an extra curricular activity, not something you need to do. The schools are obviously not pushing the students to graduate, so something needs to. If something happens to their basketball career, if they wouldn’t have graduated, they wouldn’t be able to get a job and support themselves.

  218. I think that the NCAA is holding a high enough academic standards for being eligible to participate in the game. Academic excellence needs to be taken seriously in a collage or University and making the standards high was a good choice by the NCAA because not everyone will make pro so they will need to have the proper education to be able to succeed in post graduation occupations.

  219. I do not think the NCAA is holding high enough academic standards. While they did take a step towards improvement by requiring at least 50% percent graduation, they need to make the standards higher. Too many players focus only on sports, and not on education. The reason colleges exist is for people to achieve a higher learning, not for playing sports. Sports players do lose a lot of time, and do need help to balance their schedule, but otherwise they shouldn’t be allowed to stay in college if they only want to play sports.

  220. Yes they are holding a high academic for NCAA. They have a high athletic program is because of what the off court couches are doing with them like different types of teachings. If they didn’t have a high athletic program, they wouldn’t be doing that well in school.

  221. I think that there shouldn’t be standards for academic level. I think this because if they are planning on playing basketball as their career then they shouldn’t have to worry about academics and waste there money on that. Putting a requirement for academic level only restricts players of their potential, and if they really want to do well in academics as well if they think they might have a career elsewhere than it is up to them.

  222. Not exactly.. The NCAA could go much higher. AT LEAST to 60% or so, because this just makes people slack on their academics, and not have more skills and knowledge you need in the rest of your life, when you’re not playing basketball. More collages will need to step up their motivation for academics, or, the NCAA will have to raise the requirement.

    • The standards do need to be much higher. If they aren’t improved, players will only focus on playing sports, and when they graduate they won’t have a job.

  223. I think that they are not doing enough. I mean look at Howell. Half the kids here don’t care about graduating, and yet our graduation rate is higher than 50%. They should raise it to at least 60% or something around there.

  224. no i think u don’t need a good grade to play basketball.

    • I disagree because if they plan to play basketball at a higher level, and can’t get into that level, then they can’t get a job because they had bad grades.

  225. Yes, I think that it will make the students work harder, because they know being able to play in games, is all up to them. I think it will make them care more about their school work.

  226. I think the rates are ok because it makes people try harder to get the grades to play and allows them to participate in games and at the same time allowing them to get jobs in the future if playing basketball won’t work out for them.

  227. Yes because they don’t have to graduate to go to the pros. Also because it is their decision to pass or not to pass the classes they take. They didn’t get to that school by their grades sometimes, they got their because of their skill.

  228. yes i think its good because it will make the players work harder in school so that they graduate and play in the games that they have. and if they are missing school for the game i think that it is a good idea that they are having to make up the work so that they know whats going on in school instead of just no having to do it. i also think that its a good idea to have the tutor travel with them because than if they need help they can get it.

  229. yes i think they are doing just fine because if they have a personal tutor following them on a plane all over the country to help them study then i think they are alright.

  230. Setting to standards higher not just on the court will give the players something else to work hard for. They players shouldn’t just be doing well in their sport but they should be trying to do better in the classroom too. If they need at lest 50% of the team graduating then it will also make the other players of the team want to help their teammates out with classes. They need a team to play but if people are falling behind then there won’t be a team. It would encourage the players to help one another out.

  231. yes i think its ok for them to raise it because if they don’t make it anywhere in basketball they can go on in life and achieve a lot.live a good life in this rough economy.

  232. I think that the NCAA is not holding teams to high enough standards. I feel that school should always come fist, because that is why you are in college. These players are not pro, so they need to even their time between playing and studying. 50% passing is not high enough because there are many people on a basketball team and that 50% could be made up of the students that mostly sit on the bench. I think that the standard that needs to be set should be a requirement for every player, not a team as a whole. For example, if only 50% of the team is required to pass, the star players can just rely on others to pull the grades. If they make the standard something that every player must meet, like a 2.5 GPA or higher, then every player must work hard and earn their spot on the team.

  233. yes they are holding them to high enough standers. i think they are because you have to graduate from their school so it will make them work harder in school so that they can play basketball. Since they are working harder in school and learning more they will have a easier time looking for a job.

  234. i think they are being to harsh on them. those student athletes are traveling all over the country and you expect them to keep up good grades…Thats WACKO!!! they are dealing with so much pressure on the court and then they have to deal with pressure off the court to keep there grades up, that’s to much for them there just kids…

  235. I do think that the academic standards are high enough because they care about the players academics alone with basketball. This is good for their future also because if they decide they don’t want to play basketball anymore they have a high GPA to get into college and do something else with their lives.

  236. I don’t think they are holding them to a high enough standard. They said they want 50% to graduate but they should want a higher percentage or all of them to graduate. I think they should make it a bigger priority and they should raise the standard.

    • Right now I think 50% is reasonable and it should be raised slowly but I agree with you that it should be a higher percentage.

  237. Yes I think their standards are high enough because every where they go they have their teachers with them and its not all fun and games. I also think that to play they should have well grades instead of high grades because it can be hard to stay focused on school work when your tried from basketball.

  238. Yes they are holding athletes to high enough standards now. Athletes are going to be more inspired to do well in school now and coaches are going to be more understanding about giving students time to work. I think that the NCAA could take it even farther though and require a certain GPA so that athletes would be even more inspired to work hard.

  239. yes because if they didn’t no one would actually try in school. this is good because they will pass and have fun.

  240. I think that the NCAA is because they don’t have to get perfect grades in order to play, but they have to get decent grades and graduate in order to play. If their grades are good, and they graduate, then if they have to stop playing basketball they will have their education to fall back on.

    • I agree completely. If they don’t have good grades, they cant graduate, and then will have to take college year again. So they need to have tutors to help them, when they miss classes.

    • yes this is a good point but another good thing is when they are traveling for the basketball they will have someone there to help them if they need it!

  241. I don’t think that the NCAA is holding the players up to a high enough standard. It’s working for them but it shouldn’t just be 50% of the players. All of the players should be graduating and not just the 50%. If they pushed them harder then they would try to graduate instead of hardly trying.

    • I agree. I think that if they made it so they had to keep their grades up to be able to play then they would try harder and they would have a better percentage.

  242. I think that might be too high of a standard because that may and probably will hold some teams back who have potential of winning the championship. I think most colleges should do the tutoring their student athletes to help them or even other struggling students.

    • I disagree because the reason they are in college is to learn and get an education. The students are not there just to win championships. If it does hold some teams back, then it is the coaches job to get on their players to try harder in school. I feel like the standards should be higher.

  243. I think the NCAA is not holding the athletic program to a high enough academic standard. More than half the team should have good enough grades to graduate to play in post season tournaments. Also, if half of the team did not meet those requirements the other half won’t be able to play either so I think they need to adjust the rule a little bit.

  244. yes, i think the academic standards for college sports are high enough because i think the kids going to the college and playing sports need to be able to do their school work and do the sports at the same time. if they can do this they will show that they are able to succeed in harder situations.

  245. I would say that the NCAA is not holding these people to high enough standards. Just because you play a sport you shouldn’t be able to fail college and not be penalized. School is the most important thing. After basketball what are they going to have when they don’t have a education and haven’t graduated from college? They are going to have nothing so I believe that almost everyone or at least 90% of players should have to graduate for a team to be elligable to a tournament.

  246. I think that they are holding their programs to a high enough stander. I also think that the players need to hold themselves to a higher stander also and they need to be responsible to get good grades. The players can’t expect that them playing basketball is going to get them anywhere in the futter. they need a back up plan.

    • I agree that the players should have good grades and graduate, so they have a backup plan for the future, if they don’t make it to the NBA.

  247. I do think that the NCAA is doing a good job of making teams have a 50% graduation rate, but I do think it should be a little higher, that way the players on the teams have to work hard at their grades, and out on the court. Also, that way you have to actually try at school, and not get a free pass because you’re good at basketball.

  248. I believe college schools need to hold student athletes more to their school work because most of the time the reason college athletes do not play in games is because of their grades. For example, Marquette does a good job with keeping school work involved with their daily life and not just basketball. I believe the direction Marquette is going in is the direction all universities should take.

  249. i think the new rule is a hugh enough because schools with under that percent graduation rate should have their priorities set before playing basketball because for some their not going to be an accountant theyre going to play in the nba and make their millions

  250. In my opinion the NCAA holding university athletic program is high enough of an academic standard because of how strict they are and how they have no exceptions as well as tutors helping the players

  251. Yes I think that athletic standards are high enough.Its good that they are caring about academics along with athletics. I think every team should have a certain GPA to play in tournaments because education is more important.

  252. I think that the NCAA should rise the graduation rate because the players miss lots of classes and they are no getting back on track after the games. I think what Adrian is doing really helps the players and other schools should have the kind of teaching program for those basketball students.

  253. Yes because they made it a rule that if the team’s graduation rate isn’t at 50% then they cannot play post-season games. Also, it’s making players make sure that they don’t miss classes and keep learning. The fact that Wisconsin is sending tutors with their players so that they can still learn is a very good thing.

  254. Your question: In your opinion is the NCAA holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard? WHY OR WHY NOT?
    Yes, If they don’t do this no one will be “ambitious” enough to actually try and pass any classes to play.

  255. I think the sport players should b be held to higher standers. If the player doesn’t make it to the pros then they have to have something to fall back on. if the college is not holding bad grades against the players then they will most likely not stay up, however, is they start punishing them then grades will stay high.

  256. I think the NCAA is holding them to high enough standards. Having a tutor come on the road with you is good and they all are actually learning so i thing the standards are fine. If they didn’t have these standards then they would probable fail their classes and not pay any attention to school. The standards help them do what they love to do, play basketball, and learn.

  257. i think they are because they cant expect everyone to graduate but mabey they could raze the bar a little higher.

  258. I think that the policy at Marquette is a good one. When you go to college, as in High School, graduation and education are most important. As awesome as sports are, people go to college for education. I think that the requirements NCAA has made are a step toward better futures for basketball players.

  259. I think the NCAA is holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard. I think that what they are doing is really helping the players concentrate on school work, while still being able to play a sport and not have them interfere with the other.

  260. I think the NCAA holding the athletic programs because of low graduation/grade rates is a GREAT idea. It should be an academic standard. The players should be educated too, they wont be playing basketball ALL of their lives. They will need to be educated in the future.

  261. Yes they are holding University standards high enough for players to play in the tournaments. I think that the players should have to have a certain grade point average to be able to play the game.

  262. yes, their grad rate is below average and they are trying to get it up. that in itself is a good thing. however it should be above 50 percent and i hope that they try to get it higher after they reach this one.

  263. i think that the academic standard is too high because some people wont make the cut off and wont get to play. some teams may lose some of their best players and wont be as good. there could be severe consequences to players play too.

  264. I don’t think they are holding them to a high enough academic standard because half the schools don’t care what the players grades are unless they are winning games. Most really good player are getting look at by the way they play, not by the way there grades are. I think if they made that standard more high with the players having to get better grades it would make them work more hard for something they really want. Most college player, things are just handed too them. Half the players don’t even show up for class, but they never get kicked out.

  265. i say yes, because its good that they graduate, and not just worry only about basketball, but their work too.

    • o totally agree with you, i think that those students should worry about graduating, then being able to play basketball.

  266. we should all look at the other point of this people might think that it is a bad idea because they might run out of money to do this.

  267. i agree

  268. no i don’t think they are because they should at least have collages have a 75% insted of a 50% of kids passing. the reason why you got to school is to learn not play a sport.

  269. Nah i think the standards are too low. I don’t like basket ball either so i don’t care.

  270. I think that the NCAA is making a good decision about having the academic standards being the raised percent of players to graduate. If Basketball players want to go to post season tournaments, then they should have a high enough amount of people that have graduated. It’s almost like in high school how you have to a have a certain GPA to be able to stay on a school sports team.

  271. I think the NCAA isn’t holding a high academic standard. To play basketball for a college is a big opportunity, and it doesn’t look good when you send players out that cant even pass their classes. I think the graduation rate should be higher than 50% because it will make the players push themselves more.

  272. No because it makes people try to achieve higher than what they had planned on scoring. It also makes them try harder.

  273. no because it makes people try to achieve higher than what they had planned on scoring it also makes them try harder

  274. I don’t think that this is to high i think that the school should do this anyway i also think that you should even has the stander set maybe a little higher. This is good for the students because that way they can have the feeling to work and not to fool around the students need to learn ways to do better because that way they may actually try and attempt especially if it is for a sport.

  275. I don’t think it’s a high enough academic standard, School comes first then sports. I think you should have to earn it to play not just slack off in school and be a great basketball player. Not every player is going to go pro, so you need a back up plan.

  276. I think that if the graduation rate is not high for basketball players they should not play at all because they will not need basketball skills when they are older they will need skills to know what to do in a business when their older

  277. Yes because i believe everyone should graduate from collage and all the athletes they might just like the sport they play but they still have to do their school work because if they don’t then they cant play basketball or whatever they play. i think this is a good idea because if they don’t do their work they cant play post basketball.

  278. No, i don’t think that the NCCA university athletic programs have a high enough academic standards. The academic standard should be higher than 50%. The athletes in their future may need a job and not having good schooling, its hard to get a job.

  279. I think the NCAA is right about having the rate at 50%. I say that because to play any sports you have to have good grades. So if you set that as 50% they will try hard and get it done because they want to play the sports they love. I think it’s good that the teachers go with them and teach them when they are on the road also.

  280. Not really, if only half of the team is required to graduate to participate. If anything, i’d require at least 90 percent of higher but is that asking a lot? That one team from Wisconsin seemed to be doing a pretty good job of educating their players…

  281. I don’t think that they are holding university athletic programs to high enough of an academic standard because only 50 percent of the players have to graduate. I think that they should put the percent of graduating up a little bit because then more of them would be more focused on school.

    • When i wrote mine, i wasn’t thinking that it was only half that had to graduate. And your right, if it was higher, they would try harder to achieve graduating.

  282. they are getting to a high enough standard but not quite there yet. most people think that it is just fun and games for them but they have to also o there work to graduate they don’t just get a free pass. they just need a little more work and most will be were they need to be.

  283. I think that it is a good thing that they are holding this. It will help the players keep there grades up and it will also keep them on track with there work. Also if the grades were not good a lot of the players on the team wouldn’t be able to play and that would be bad for the school. So that is why i think it is a good thing that they are doing this.

    • When you say that if the player’s grades weren’t high enough they wouldn’t be able to play, you’re absolutely right. So that in itself is making the players keep their grades up.

  284. i think that Marquette spending money on basket ball because the tutors come with it. its great that they have the tutors so they don’t get behind and they still graduate

  285. i agree they shouldn’t care about basket ball more then school they should care the same for them if this is there life plan..

  286. I think the 50% standard is just fine. They’re not always going to be playing basketball so having them do better in school to be able to play is a better thing to do. It shows them that you can’t forget about school and just play the game.

    • But Austin, a 50% is 1/2 of people graduating from collage, and it’s just not enough don’t you think? I think if you say the academics need to be raised, you should go further, and agree w/ me on the fact that the bar should be raised to at least 65%

      • Im with Kousa. But I honestly think that the graduation rate should at the minimum of 75% because there is no reason for your grades

    • Good job Austin. You had a fine post, mate

  287. I think it’s good that they would say they have to have 50 percent graduation rates but I also think they shouldn’t be too harsh. It’s hard to balance sports and school in High School so it has to be much harder when you are playing for a college team and trying to take classes at the same time. The players could probably work a little harder to get their grades up, but I think they shouldn’t be pushed to hold what they can’t handle

  288. i think that they should have at least a 50% graduation rate. I can see that it would be difficult to play basket ball and take classes but they will need to get their priorities strait. Most of the players would work more on practicing than actually studying.

  289. I think that the new rule in the NCAA is a good one. This ensures that basketball players will play basketball, and pass school. Most think that because they play basketball they don’t need to pass school, so they fail then get kicked off the team and its down the drain from there. Though technically the players have a choice in whether or not they want to pass, at least the NCAA is taking responsibility for their school work.

    • Well, yes yes my friend I agree with you very much my fine chap. People need to understand that it’s not all about playing the game it’s about passing school and having a good education. So if they have under the 50% graduation rates then they should be kicked off the team until they get to the 50% standard.

  290. I don’t think its high enough but if that is what they do it helps but i think it should be higher and then it will encourage more education and will be better if more schools do what Marquisette

  291. Yes, this is a great idea. Everyone should graduate from college, and for athletes, they may just like to play basketball or football, but they have to do their school work too. I think a 50% graduate rate is actually really low. I also like the idea of having to make the basketball team having to do well academically to play post college basketball.

    • That’s a good way of putting it Johnny. I also agree with the fact that 50% is too low. I think it should be raised quite a bit.

  292. I don’t think so because their only saying that half the team has to graduate. If anything the whole team should need to graduate. You don’t just go and say hey your team needs half of you to graduate. Like no you can’t do that. I think they either shouldn’t have the rule, or they really need to raise the academic standard.

    • This is really good pk, i think you bring up a very good point when you say, “hey your team needs half of you to graduate.” I like the way you bring up every point you have. Very GREAT job pk<3

  293. I think that they are at a high enough standards for academics to the athletic program. Why I think it is a high enough standard is the players, even though they are really good at basketball, they also need an education so that they can grow up with some knowledge, and I think that this program is very good for that.

  294. I don’t think that the NCAA is holding teams to a high enough standard. This is because a 50 percent graduation percentage still isn’t that high. I think they should be held to at least a 75 percent graduation percentage.

  295. i think that what the NCAA is doing is a good idea because most players only concentrate on practicing or playing games and with the new rule this can motivate players to get better grades if they want to play in the post season.

  296. I know that basketball players are busy with practice & game and it tires them out but they should raise the graduation percent higher. Most of them aren’t going to be playing basketball all there life so they need an education to back them up.

  297. No i do not think that it is too high of a standard. School always must come first, and sports are a bonus. Grades are what count, because not everyone is going to go pro and make a living off of that. You have to have a back up plan, so you need good grades to graduate and still have a bright future.

  298. i don’t think its too high. i think its a good idea to have it set like that so students can work harder in school and bring their grades up as much as they can. then you’ll have good grades and be able to play a sport that you love.

  299. i think they are not holding a high enough standard especially when only 50% of them are graduating. I think in order to play they all need to graduate and have high enough grades at all times to know they will graduate. Also they should have at least a 2.0 GPA to play any high school sport.

  300. I think that i should be a little higher for the graduation rate. I think i school should have like 60% of its students or more graduate. Now if a school has like 90% or something high like that then that school should get a reward of some sort to contribute to the sport program. This is because many students are more worried about their sport than school and they need to know they have to be worried about school and their sport.

  301. I personally think that if you got a scholarship to a university to play ball for them, that the least you can do is try your hardest academically and meet their standards that requires them to graduate and play ball, then I think it is fair.

  302. I don’t think that its to high. i think that it is fine. the players could always have more education. it could help them a lot in the future.

  303. I think they are cause with sports, school, and a social life it can be very stressful and that stress can reduce grades.

  304. No they should push learning and be able to pass collage.The hole point of geting a scolership is to get a collage degree.Their are other resons like geting scouted and all that.

  305. I do not think it is to high. 50 percent is only half of the kids, if anything the rule should be set higher. Why should you get to drop out of school, but still do what you love? I believe you should have to graduate to be able to play on a school team.

  306. I think it is a good idea but then again it is not really fair. Since the athletes play a sport they don’t really need school. They don’t need school because playing basketball is their career. So I do not think they should make it a standard graduation rate.

    • Good job, its really detailed.

    • It’s fair… if they want to play, they should have to do good in school. They need a back up plan. if they don’t graduate that is not going to help them in the future

    • I see your point, but everyone should have schooling in their life. What if the player cant play anymore, he’s going to have to find a different job!

  307. I think it’s high enough, because students who want to play basketball should have to have good grades, also they should have to work for their grades to be able to play for college teams.

  308. I think that that they should put the bar a little higher. I think that it should be at least 60 percent. But it’s good that they made the rule.

  309. No, I believe it will support the students, and get them through high school. It will help those who need the extra support. For those who don’t need it, it will just help them keep up.

  310. I don’t think the standards are to high. The athletes should be focused on grades just as much as basketball.

  311. I think it is a great idea. It will make students work harder so they can play basketball in the tournaments. If they miss school for a game they still have to make up their work, I like that policy.

  312. I think it’s a good thing because it makes the players be more focused, and the ones who really love basketball will study hard instead of the ones who don’t care about their grades. And they will have really good education while doing it.

  313. Yes there expecting to much out of them.you have to graduate at there school. its not what they should have to do plus work and going to games and missing work that they have to make up… That’s all to much for your everyday life

    • If you’re at college, it’s only natural you’d be expected to graduate. People have to juggle schoolwork and other interests in college all the time, why is it too much for a basketball player?

    • When you attend a college you attend it to get an education, some people play sports at school too but that’s a choice. High school students are required to have a certain GPA, why should college players be any different?

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        And I agree with whatever was said above even if I don’t agree with it.

        • If you cant handle this, you will lose computer access!

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  314. Yes they are leaving them to high enough standards. The kid’s all try to push it cause they want to play a sport at a collegiate level so they try there hardest to get a 50% graduation rate. The kid’s know the consequences if they don’t get one so it is all up to them.

  315. yes because if they don’t no one will try to pass their classes so if this goes in to place they will have to try to pass all of their classes to play in the tournaments. so this rule will do them a hole lot of good for their grades so they can get a job in the ruff economy.

    • I agree that if they don’t have standards then the basketball players won’t care about school and academics and they will just focus on the games. They wouldn’t be able to get a job after the NCAA if they didn’t have an education.

  316. I think so. Doing that itself is fine enough.

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