The NCAA is trying something new in an attempt to raise graduation rates, public humiliation. Any NCAA coach’s ARP rating can now be found by anyone with a computer via the NCAA’s website.
Here are how a few of the local programs rate:
Va. Tech Football Men’s Basketball
UVA Football Men’s Basketball
Radford Men’s Basketball
Now no real penalties are laid out in this program, but the hope is it will foster a culture of competition when it comes to graduation rates. They have also yet to determine if an exiting coach’s ARP will be go with him or her or if it will stay with the program.
It seems the NCAA, and frankly, a lot of people are placing the blame in the wrong place here. Coaches are hired to coach. Like it or not, thats the gig. It’s kind of like the late great Mitch Hedberg said, “it’s like you can be the best cook in the world and then they come up and say ‘that’s great, can you farm?”
It’s not that coaches should take no interest at all in a player’s academic well being, a good coach will just because he cares. However it’s unfair to lay the blame for a student’s lack of academic progress on a person who really isn’t all that high up on the list of people involved in the process. It seems like there are at least three other groups of people who should be looked at before a coach.
The professors who are in charge of teaching the courses and the school advisors who are in charge of student progress and the scheduling of classes for starters. You would think both of these groups would carry at least some of the weight for a students failure or success, but have you ever heard either of these groups get blamed when a ball player doesn’t make a grade? Nope.
And how about the student? When did we get to the point where being a college athlete allowed you the same level of responsibility as an 8-year-old? It’s like they are little kids someone has just dropped off on the side of the street and who can’t help but accept candy from every stranger that passes by. These days if an athlete fails a course it’s suddenly the coach’s, the NCAA’s, and the school’s fault, none of which even attended the class.
Graduation rates for athletes are not going to change until a system is put in place which places the responsibility for academics squarely on the athlete him or herself. By pointing the finger at high profile coaches and programs instead, the NCAA is allow athletes to escape blame, making it even harder for them to take responsibility for their own classroom success.