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Education secretary slams BCS

Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:07 pm

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan slammed the BCS Wednesday saying major conferences contribute “zero” to student-athlete academic success. Speaking at an NCAA Convention luncheon, Duncan added that the BCS should set aside an academic enhancement fund.

“I think it is a problem that BCS conferences use zero – zero percent of their bowl game revenues for educational components or to support student academic success,” Duncan said during remarks made at the luncheon where he was the keynote speaker.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock deferred comment to the individual conferences. Duncan cited the NCAA basketball tournament distribution formula that awards teams an equal share (approximately $1.4 million) for each victory. The BCS distributes approximately $150 million per year to the 11 FBS conferences.

“I believe the NCAA tournament revenue formula should do more to award teams that don’t short change academics …,” Duncan said. “The BCS awards even more [upwards of $20 million per participating team]. There has to be a better way to distribute postseason revenue and do more to support the educational mission of those universities.

“A BCS conference should set aside a meaningful share of bowl revenues for an academic enhancement fund to support the education of the student-athletes,” Duncan added. “The NCAA has no control over bowl revenues so this would be a decision each conference would have to make.” 


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Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:36 am

Education secretary slams BCS

The suggestion that more revenue from college football bowl games be directed to educational goals is found in the book, "It's Possible! Realignment and Playoffs - College Football's Opportunity." The book points out how much of the bowl revenue is funneled into third party hands. An NCAA run playoff would allow more revenue to flow directly to schools as it does with the postseason basketball revenue.

It is great to see our Secretary of Education advocating change in college athletics. The people involved in the system have proven they do not have either the desire or the ability to change. Pressure from the Department of Education seems to be necessary. As for the exhibition bowl money, it really is simple, take the postseason money away from the bowl directors, create a playoff with revenue distributed to all FBS schools. Give the bowl associations Labor Day weekend to stage their games when there is time to travel and enthusiasm for the upcoming season.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:17 pm

Education secretary slams BCS

Regardless if you like the BCS or not... how is his comment any different than how a playoff would affect such things?

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:47 pm

Education secretary slams BCS

It sounds like the US Secretary of Education did not make the most of her college years. She sounds more like she is operating on a GED rather than a BS/MS/PHD.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:22 pm

Education secretary slams BCS

Why should any one care what the Lord Obama (PBUH) and his education secretary has to say on this? I suppose he wants to demonstrate the same financial and budgetary wizadry the Lord Obama (PBUH) has shown with the national budget. Ah, those eggheads always seem to know what is best for everyone don't they?

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:00 pm

Education secretary slams BCS

I see that the secretary does not know of which he speak. Apparently he does not understand scholarships and grants. There are so many grants available to students that  are not used each year.

This just goes to show the Obama administration is completely full of those that have no clue as to what they are speaking of.

If I was president of the United States Arne Duncan would not be Secretary of Education because I would abolish that department upon being sworn in. The local levels have a better grasp as to what is or should be done in their schools and the amount of funds directed toward any education project.

Bowl funds are given to the schools, the schools would determine where they would want to direct these funds to be used for.

The NCAA would have nothing to say about what the schools would do with the funds derived from the Bowl revenue.


Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:00 am

Education secretary slams BCS

The first thing Boise State did with some of its windfall from beating OK in the Fiesta Bowl was to start construction on an Economics/Nursing Education complex.  

Why are all of you so against this?  Seems strange to me 

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:50 am

Education secretary slams BCS

Really none of the Federal Government's business.  If you really want to screw something up, let the Federal Government get involved.

Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:47 am

Education secretary slams BCS

Another bureaucrat that is completely disconnected from reality. Fix the Department of Edu-macation before you thumb your nose at college football.  To believe that the infinitely corrupt NCAA would justly appropriate (cough cough) money for educational purposes is ridiculous.  Football and basketball revenue pays for ALL of the other sports that Title IX requires colleges to support.  I'm all for academic standards, but this guy is another clown politician trying to flex his proverbial muscle to boost his own ego.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:14 am

Education secretary slams BCS

This is exactly what college sports needs.  A federal beauracrat publicly inserting his "two-cents worth" into yet another matter of no concern to the government.  Here is a novel idea:  Why not let the colleges and universities continue to be accountable to the people and legislatures of the states in which they were founded!  I just know Mr. Duncan did a great deal of research into student-athlete academic assistance and pass-rates BEFORE he offered his considerable thoughts on what some other entity should do.

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:45 am

Education secretary slams BCS

"U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan slammed the BCS Wednesday saying major conferences contribute “zero” to student-athlete academic success."

The last time I checked all major sport athletes receive tuition, books, room & board, and tutoring.  I wouldn't exactly call that "zero."  Not sure what he was referring to when he talked about establishing an academic enhancement fund.  How about using the extra money to finance all the Title 9 sports programs.

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