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Archive for Friday, January 10, 1992

WILLIAMS HAS MIXED REACTION TO NCAA RULE

January 10, 1992

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Raising academic standards for athletic scholarships will affect all programs at Kansas.

To qualify, prospective athletes must now pass 13 high school courses in math, English or science, up from 11, and meet the standards of a sliding scale that, with ACT and SAT minimums remaining equal, raises the required grade point average from 2.0 to 2.5.

Here are some KU coaches' opinions on the new NCAA standards:

Roy Williams, men's basketball: "I have no problem increasing the core courses from 11 to 13. If a kid wants to be successful, he should take better courses to be prepared. I do have a problem with anything that involves an ACT or SAT score. No one has proven to Roy Williams or anyone, that these scores are an indicator (of academic success in college). Even the test services themselves say these are not intended to be used this way. The test scores do not show what is in a young man's heart."

Michael Center, women's tennis: "I'm really not in favor of that rule. I think it's a bit high. I think it's a little discriminatory. You're putting a lot more pressure on that test score, which has proven to be not the greatest indictor of someone's success in college. The President's Commission is taking control of college athletes, which I really feel is unfortunate because they're not in the trenches like the coaches are."

Kalum Haack, softball: "The reason everyone's there is to get an education. Last year we had a 3.01 grade point average, which I was really proud of. And this fall, we had a 2.80 grade point average as a team. It's going to make me look for a certain type of player. Usually the first thing I try to find out about the kids is what kind of grades they make. I'm going to really have to concentrate on the grades."

Gary Kempf, swimming: "I think the standard's a little high and I do believe in academics. I think if you're going to put a blanket number on all the sports, that's a little high. (But) I think the sliding scale is definitely necessary. It does give someone an opportunity. I'll have to take a good hard look now. If I have two kids and one's made it and one hasn't, there's no doubt about who I'll spend my time and my finances on."

Scott Perelman, men's tennis: "It seems to be the direction the presidents are taking. They ultimately are moving toward what the Ivy League has been doing for years. It's different. I think from our standpoint at Kansas, we're going to have to make some adjustments in the people we recruit, but I think we're still in a position to succeed."

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