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SEC's Slive leery of making freshman athletes ineligible

SEC's Slive leery of making freshman athletes ineligible
RALPH D. RUSSO (AP College Sports Writer), Mar 2, 2015
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says it would be best to wait until after the NCAA's new initial eligibility standards take effect in 2016 before considering whether to keep freshmen off the field. Slive said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that if the goal is to improve graduation rates and grade-point averages, ''we have to remember that each college student has his or her own academic challenges.'' ''To put a blanket over these student-athletes with a year on the bench doesn't address those individual needs to incentivize academic progress. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has said he wants his conference to consider making freshmen ineligible in football and men's basketball, and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Bob Bowlsby have both expressed support for at least examining the possibility. To be immediately eligible for competition, prospective student-athletes must have at least a 2.3 GPA, with a sliding scale tied to SAT scores. ...More
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SEC's Slive leery of making freshman athletes ineligible

SEC's Slive leery of making freshman athletes ineligible
RALPH D. RUSSO (AP College Sports Writer), Mar 2, 2015
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says it would be best to wait until after the NCAA's new initial eligibility standards take effect in 2016 before considering whether to keep freshmen off the field. Slive said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that if the goal is to improve graduation rates and grade-point averages, ''we have to remember that each college student has his or her own academic challenges.'' ''To put a blanket over these student-athletes with a year on the bench doesn't address those individual needs to incentivize academic progress. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has said he wants his conference to consider making freshmen ineligible in football and men's basketball, and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Bob Bowlsby have both expressed support for at least examining the possibility. To be immediately eligible for competition, prospective student-athletes must have at least a 2.3 GPA, with a sliding scale tied to SAT scores.... More
 • No jail time for Nelson in assault on ex-football player - Mar 2 (The Associated Press)
 • Kelly adds Sanford, Denson, Lyght, others to Irish staff - Mar 2 (The Associated Press)
 • Gamecocks' wise-cracking Spurrier starts Twitter account - Mar 2 (The Associated Press)
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