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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Race and college athletics
The following article appeared in
Powerline on April 9th
Black football and basketball players
in big sports schools have a substantially lower graduation rate than do other
student groups. Why is that?
Several explanations come immediately
to the mind of anyone who follows college football or basketball closely.
First, football and basketball players at big time programs are admitted to
college with test scores far lower than other student groups. These test scores
“predict” substantially less academic success for football and basketball
players. No one should be surprised when the prediction comes true.
Second, many football and basketball
players expect job opportunities that in no way depend on academic success or
graduation from college. Professional football and basketball teams don’t judge
prospects based on these factors. Ordinary employers who have good jobs to
offer frequently do.
Black Student: Linebacker
Third, some football and basketball
players in big time programs receive, in effect, excellent job offers before
they graduate. Some can leave college early and expect to be drafted by the NFL
or the NBA. Alternatively, in the case of basketball players, some can expect
to make money playing abroad or in a developmental league. Ordinary college
students lack these kinds of pre-graduation opportunities.
However, Shaun Harper, of the
University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, has a different
explanation for the low graduation rates: the “disenfranchisement”
of black athletes who play football and basketball at big-time college
programs. I think he means some form of racism.
55.2% of Black male student-athletes
graduated within six years, compared to 69.3% of student-athletes overall, 60.1
percent of Black undergraduate men overall, and 76.3% of undergraduate students
But for the reasons I pointed to
earlier, black football and basketball players in big-time college programs are
not similarly situated to other college athletes, to other black undergraduate
men (though many of them benefit from racial preferences), or to other
undergraduates. Thus, Harper offers no basis for inferring “disenfranchisement”
or any form of racism on campus.
Harper’s findings were featured at a
March 20 meeting of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Faculty
Athletics Committee. Sally
Watkins, writing for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal,
points out that at this university the average SAT score for entering class of
football players in 2015 was 993. The average SAT score for the entering class
as a whole was 1300.
White Student: Accountant
An apples-to-apples study of whether
black college athletes suffer “disfranchisement” would compare graduation rates
for white and black athletes on the same teams or comparable ones. But even
then, one would have to control for test scores, quality of preparatory
education, and opportunities to play pro sports. Only then might one infer
anything nefarious on the part of the schools in question.
Writing for NRO, George
Leef concludes that “the problem is not that universities are intimidating
or preventing black athletes from succeeding in college [Note: Why would they?]
— it is that university officials compromise academic integrity for the sake of
gaining star players.”
Parts of Harper’s report can be read
as criticizing university officials on the similar grounds. He seems disturbed,
at any rate, that blacks comprise such a high percentage of the football and
basketball players at elite programs.
But would it serve the interests of
black males if their representation on big-time college football and basketball
teams diminished? Not while these teams remain a major source of professional
football and basketball talent.
And even in a world where colleges
didn’t feed pro sports teams to such a degree, it’s not clear, given that about
half of black male athletes in big-time programs do graduate from college, that
their disproportionate representation in such programs would be harmful to
blacks. The harm, self-inflicted, is to academic life at the universities in