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By Alan Marzilli

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

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Athletic Departments’ Mission Statements The mission statements of the athletic departments at some universities known for athletic success reflect a balance between athletics and academics and a commitment to the ideal of the student-athlete. University of Tennessee: The mission . . is to provide opportunities for participation in intercollegiate athletics in an environment that encourages the achievement of athletic excellence and good sportsmanship. We are committed to maintaining a proper balance between participation in athletics and the educational and social life common to all students.

It is believed that the eligibility standards do not “bring down” student-athletes with more academic potential, as evidenced by the many student-athletes who excel academically. • Is a student who is motivated by athletics more desirable than a student who is motivated only by academics? Point2 12/31/03 10:22 AM Page 43 College Athletics Provide Opportunities for Students 43 The more stringent requirements of Proposition 16 caused a rather steep decline in the number of college-bound high school seniors who were eligible to compete in NCAA sports.

Cole claimed that his assistant coach arranged for someone to complete the course work for correspondence courses in which the basketball player was enrolled. ’s class, he received an A. Critics of big-time college sports believe that Cole’s story is remarkable only because the allegations were made public. They argue that this type of academic cheating is commonplace, but much of it goes undetected. In an effort to win games, colleges admit young athletes whose academic abilities and background simply do not prepare them for college.

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