By Alan Marzilli

A few worry that the commercialism surrounding activities is corrupting the adolescents who play them.

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Congress, writes: “Players were subjected to discipline and high expectations. ” 43 At Duke University, Mike Krzyzewski held his players to the standards expected of students at a prestigious academic institution: “Basketball players are simply not going to scrape by in their studies at Duke University. They are going to have to work. . I expect every player we recruit to graduate. ” 44 It is not just the coaches who help student-athletes balance the rigors of college athletics with college course work.

CntrPnt2 12/31/03 10:23 AM Page 61 Athletic Programs Exploit Young People, Especially Minorities 61 maintaining athletes’ eligibility than with ensuring that they receive a quality education. This negligence sometimes leads to outrageous consequences: Longtime NFL defensive lineman Dexter Manley graduated from Oklahoma State University even though—as he readily admits—he was illiterate. Several years after he graduated, he had to take classes to learn how to read and write; his testimony before a Senate committee drew attention to the problem of universities that are wholly unconcerned with their athletes’ education.

Sports fans thought that the so-called Fab Five—Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson, and Jimmy King—would leave a mark on sports history. They did, but not for all the right reasons: The university eventually forfeited the team’s victories in the 1992 and 1993 tournaments because of violations involving Chris Webber and several other players (who were not part of the Fab Five). Webber, who went on to become a successful NBA player, later admitted that while he was in high school and college, a booster named Ed Martin loaned him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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