NCAA will debate new standards for academics

January 09, 1995|By New York Times News Service

SAN DIEGO -- The relationship between academic standards and opportunities for college athletes will become more complex today. Continuing a debate that has lasted a dozen years, delegates at the 89th NCAA convention will consider proposals that could tighten, relax or merely delay new standards.

A year after college basketball coaches threatened a boycott to protest what they consider a decrease in opportunities for prospects, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the membership will debate formulas that would determine eligibility for freshman athletes and define the length of an athlete's career and limitations on their participation.

Choices include a proposal to make all freshmen ineligible for varsity competition -- a move that would eliminate further debate -- and the granting of a fourth year of eligibility for athletes with marginal academic credentials who are progressing toward a college degree.

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