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College governing boards need more information to monitor athletics, report says

Knight Commission hears the results of research on various topics related to college athletics
by Chris Casteel Published: October 9, 2012

*Schools whose athletics programs don't generate enough outside revenue from television contracts and other sources are increasingly relying on student fees to subsidize sports. Out of 93 schools studied, 27 had fees topping $750 per student.

*41 percent of 1,005 head coaches of Division I sports said there were contradictions between the values espoused by their athletics department and their entrenched practices. Of those, 29 percent of cited “considerable administrator hypocrisy” and 22 percent said standards varied among sports.

*Since the Bowl Championship Series for college football began in 2006, the annual turnover rate for head coaches has increased from 16 percent to 19 percent.

Connie Dillon, professor emerita of adult and higher education at OU, was one of three researchers who examined the factors that influenced how colleges and universities voted on NCAA proposals. Among the findings of an analysis of 345 proposals was that values such as academic standards and student-athlete well-being had no measurable impact on the votes.

Adrien Bouchet, a sports administration professor at the University of Tulsa, participated in a study about schools that sought to reduce their commitment to athletics or, at least, stop escalating that commitment.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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