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Emmert Says Higher GPA Is “An Active Proposal”

When Mike Slive put forth his “agenda for change” at SEC Media Days last month, football coaches cringed.  The commissioner was raising the possibility of raising standards — academic standards included — for athletes and programs and by definition that will make coaches have to work harder in the future.  If such standard-raisings are actually made.

NCAA president Mark Emmert has told’s Dennis Dodd that Slive’s proposed move from 2.0 to 2.5 (for incoming athletes’ core GPAs) is already being pushed:

“Many of the issues that Mike and others have described have been works in progress for some time.  Going from 2.0 to 2.5 is an active proposal that is coming out of the committee on academic performance. …

I was delighted that Mike (and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany) and all those putting proposals out there are doing so.  It’s a different day when commissioners are almost in competition to see who can come up with the best reform package.”

Indeed it is.  And with the exception of cost-of-attendance scholarships, most coaches won’t be pleased with the reform ideas being discussed.


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