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Grad Transfer Rule Rewards Smart Students

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When the hierarchy of the National Association of Basketball Coaches met recently to discuss whether the NCAA should overturn the graduate transfer rule, they held their discussions in private. Oh, you bet they did. They issued no press releases regarding their talks. Of course they did not.

How, really, would even the most skilled public relations strategist have spun this?

How does one explain that the coaches — as a group — are campaigning to NCAA president Mark Emmert against a rule that emphasizes education, that rewards the successful pursuit of a degree, that reinforces the value of senior athletes?

All that is at work in the graduate transfer exception. To qualify to be immediately eligible upon transferring schools, the “student-athlete”...

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