Monday, September 04, 2006
Is It Time to Abolish the NCAA?
The latest entry on the blog of New Yorker magazine writer Malcolm Gladwell is an intriguing read. Gladwell cites the case of Clemson cornerback Ramon McElrathbey in introducing an argument to abolish the NCAA, then transitions to a presidential address given at the Western Social Science Association meeting at Phoenix. The address was given by Jim Peach, a professor at New Mexico State, and Gladwell obtained a copy from David Berri, author of "Wages of Wins." Now although the NCAA's mission is to insure competitive balance, Peach contends it has failed miserably. And he has the data to back it up. In the past 50 years, five teams account for a quarter of all top-eight finishes in football, 12 teams account for more than half of all top-eight appearances and 22 teams account for three-quarters of all top-eight finishes. There's more, but we don't want to spoil it for you. Gladwell also has an entry on Rhett Bomar you might want to read.
Posted by dawizofodds at 3:34 AM