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You guys are the media, and I'm the mayor of a hypothetical town, that is not very far from a prominent University. I wrote a letter to the University, and this is what it states...

Dear University of Texas,

Congratulations on winning the National Championship. That is a credit to the hard work, and talent of Texas athletes. You may have noticed that 4% of the students in your prestigous University are black. You also may have noticed that this percentage is in vast disproportion to the Athletic make-up of your Football, Basketball, and Track and field teams. I am fully aware, as you are that the National coverage of your Football, and Basketball squads brings in millions of dollars to your programs. Whites are still making millions from the sweat, hard work, and talents of blacks. And the schools in my community, which you recruit from, might I add, still have a tremendous gap. I was just wondering if my community was ever going to be able to benefit, financially, and school curriculumn wise, from the success of our students? Is there anyway your school can contribute to better facilities, and a broader curriculm for our schools? There are many Universities that pick from the trees of the community, but don't contribute to the sustenance and nourishment of that tree. I'm just asking for a little fertilizer. (<--not to be taken literally, because we are literally tired of being *schit* on)
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I mean to me it only makes since. For instance Vince Young, arguably the true heisman, was brilliant in the championship game. Brilliant in the fact that his 4th and 5 game winning touchdown sealed a multi-million dollar deal, and placed the coach on a pedastle. I don't argue that he should recieve any financial compensation, but I do feel that many like him shouldn't have to struggle through K-12 as much, and depend on their athletic ability to be accepted into good schools. God forbid you're black, unathletic, and poor. The message is clear. You don't have a chance in hell. As false as this may be, this is the reality that many live.

These colleges that basically benefit from the FREE LABOR that these athletes provide (because let's be quite frank here, the average black athlete recieved crap for an education K-12, so what makes anyone think he's going to be a stellar student and recieve an applicable education?) should compensate the community for their product. For instance, in Vince Young's case, his elementary school, junior high, and highschool should be paid for 12 years of the best service that they could give, so that people behind him could recieve better.

Many will say that's Vince's job. Hmph. What about the many talented athletes that come from these communities that don't reach the pros. All they get is maybe a "thank you and good luck"... "hope you can make something out of the quality education we provided...*snickers*". You whites have always had a way of getting over, and getting free or cheap labor, but as Mayor of (wherever black athletes are heavily recruited) USA, I saying you're going to have to find FREE LABOR somewhere else. And I'm not buying the "We're providing our student athletes with a quality education, and opportunity for advancement CRAP!!!" PROVIDE the school district with a CHECK so that we may truly benefit from the OPPORTUNITIES.
Great letter. I think that some media outlets would pick it up and carry it; e.g., the black press and the liberal alternative media. It makes a great deal of sense to me.

By the way, do you know what the graduation rate of black athletes are at UT. When I was in college in the 80's attending an SEC university, a study came out showing that many of the schools in the conference had not seen any black athletes graduate in over a decade.

And since the Air Force Academy's coach is hardly the only one who noticed that African-Americans are integral to football success (just the one who got hammered for noticing it publicly), Lapchick also reported on significant academic disparities between black and white athletes. Among the 56 bowl teams, half had graduation rates for white players that were more than 20 percent higher than that of black players"”and another 10 schools had discrepancies of more than 30 percent between white and black graduation rates.

Since 'tis the season"”starting with Arkansas State vs. Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl (played in Lafayette, La.) next Tuesday and concluding with the Rose Bowl, USC vs. Texas for the national championship, on Jan. 4"”let's name names. Among the schools with graduation rates for football players below 50 percent are: University of California, University of Minnesota, University of Florida, University of Alabama, West Virginia University, University of Louisville, North Carolina State, Auburn, University of Colorado, Rutgers, University of Utah and Georgia Tech. (One irony is that the University of Central Florida, Lapchick's employer, will enjoy the warm, tropical breezes of the Hawaii Bowl"”despite a sorry 34 percent graduation rate for its footballers.)

Among those schools not meeting the current APR standard are Ohio State, UCLA, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State, University of Missouri, University of Toledo, University of Oregon, University of Kansas and University of Houston. And among those with a huge discrepancy between graduation rates for their white and black players are West Virginia (56-33), Florida State (71-43), Auburn (74-40), LSU (61-35), University of Iowa (64-38), Iowa State (63-36), Louisville (53-27), Minnesota (60-27), Clemson (77-35), Colorado (60-29), Akron (66-28) and Memphis (59-29).

Amid this bleak picture of college-football America, it is worth noting that four teams appear to hold up the academic end of the bargain with their players. They are Navy, which probably shouldn't count, but which has the highest APR rate among all 56 bowl teams; Northwestern, where the graduation rate for football players exceeds 80 percent and is actually higher"”90 percent"”for black players, and the two Catholic schools in the bowl mix, Boston College and Notre Dame, both of which have graduation rates for players that approach 80 percent.

But it would be dishonest to leave on a high note. Rather we should take a look at that blockbuster of a Rose Bowl, but from a slightly different perspective. The University of Texas has been showered with plaudits for its return this season to the pinnacle of college football. But a glance at its academic report card certainly should"”though it won't"”mute the "hook-˜em-horns" fever in Austin. There might be consolation in the fact that UT graduates its white and black players at an almost identical rate"”if it weren't so equally terrible at 36 and 33 percent respectively. By comparison, USC's 58 percent graduation rate looks downright Ivy Leaguish. But USC is no model either. It is currently below the minimum APR standard (as, notably, are all five Pac 10 teams headed to bowls) and has a 13 percent discrepancy between graduation rates for white and black players.

I'm not going to pretend that, because of this appalling classroom performance, I won't be watching the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4. Or that I won't get swooped up in the excitement of Matt Leinart vs. Vince Young, the magic feet of Reggie Bush and the enormity of Southern Cal's three-year reign. I came to sports writing because I was first and foremost a fan, and I remain susceptible to the allure of great competition. But I won't forget Lapchick's revelations either. These bowl-bound universities need constant reminders that their football successes too often come at the expense of academic rigor. At the very least, those schools that countenance this unsavory bargain should suffer some tarnish. And the folks at their helm should feel more than a little bit ashamed.
Please don't let that article detract from the real issue. It's just some FYI stats.

The real issue remains... Of the 56 bowl teams, Black athletes got them there. Check out March Madness, and you'll get a similar observation. The NCAA should be more supportive of the black community, seeing as how the black community is a significant source of revenue. The NAACP should be more concerned about the FREE LABOR as well.

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