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Drake Group Honors Scholar, Author for Defending Academic Integrity

Apr. 8, 2015 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Murray Sperber, who has written extensively for decades about problems related to athletics at U.S. colleges, will be awarded the Drake Group’s highest honor, ...

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Washington Post Article Highlights Drake Group’s Lobbying Efforts

Washington Post Columnist Sally Jenkins made the Drake Group’s “stinging article” that appeared in Inside Higher Education the center piece of her November 10 article, It’s not that the NCAA ...

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Drake Group Proposes Replacing the NCAA with a Federally-Chartered Corporation

On a trip to Washington this summer, the Drake Group lobbying team met with a senior legislative assistant to a member of congress. He made two very important suggestions: One ...

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Drake Group Questions Freshmen Ineligibility Proposals

In April of 2015 the Big Ten Conference circulated a white paper, Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us, that proposed freshmen ineligibility for Division I football and men’s basketball players. The white paper argued that freshman ineligibility would benefit athletes academically, but that it should only apply to […]

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The Drake Group Calls Upon NCAA, Its Member Institutions and Higher Education Regional Accreditation Agencies to Fulfill Athlete Academic Protection Responsibilities

There is a current debate concerning the responsibility of the NCAA to afford college athletes protections against academic fraud and misconduct, as has occurred recently at the University of North Carolina, Syracuse University and other institutions of higher education. The NCAA reports that it has 20 academic misconduct cases currently under investigation, compared to just […]

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Drake Group Addresses Dysfunctional NCAA Enforcement System

The recent unsealing of nearly 500 pages of documents in Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the NCAA has once again put a spotlight on the dysfunctional NCAA enforcement system. The Drake Group, a national organization of college faculty and others has been studying the NCAA enforcement system for the past several years. Today, The Drake […]

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Drake Group Announces Support for Congressional Bill to Establish a Presidential Commission

The Drake Group has released a position statement in support of a bipartisan-sponsored bill being considered by the 114th Congress (H.R. 275) that would establish a Presidential Commission “to identify and examine issues of national concern related to the conduct of intercollegiate athletics and to make recommendations for the resolution of such issues.” Drake Group […]

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Drake Group Promotes an Educational Alternative to “Athlete Employees”

The Drake Group has released a position statement today that proposes an educational alternative to “athlete employees.” Drake Group President Gerald Gurney, stated, “Intercollegiate athletics is at a crossroads on the issue of paying college athletes. Should collegiate athletics be a mini-version of the NFL and NBA? See Drake’s Position Statement for a viable alternative.

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Student Fee and Institutional Subsidy Allocations to Fund Intercollegiate Athletics Position Statement

The Drake Group specifically calls for individual student tuition bills that are fully transparent listing the amount of the student fees and other general fund subsidies being used to fund athletics. David Ridpath, Chair of the Drake Student Fee Working Group, points to the fact that “This is an issue of access to higher education. […]

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Drake Group Questions NCAA Division I Governance Restructure

The Drake Group, a national organization of college faculty and others has released a position statement today that is highly critical of the NCAA Division I Governance proposal to give the five richest conferences in its Football Bowl Subdivision the freedom to make their own rules and is calling for a blue-ribbon U.S. President’s Commission […]

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Drake Group Honors University of North Carolina Professor With Hutchins Award for Courageous Defense of Academic Integrity

April 3, 2014 West Haven, Conn. — A professor who specializes in early modern French history at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and played a significant role in exposing the biggest academic/athletic scandals at an American university will be awarded the Drake Group’s highest honor on Thursday, April 24, at noon. Jay […]

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Drake Group Report: O’Bannon, Amateurism, and the Viability of College Sport

Our goal in this report is to provide information on whether NCAA restrictions on athletes’ free participation in the lucrative market for their images, likenesses and names is necessary either to uphold the principles of amateurism or to preserve the activity of intercollegiate athletics. The Drake Group is a national organization of faculty and others, […]

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Drake Group Establishes “In Residence” Status At The University of New Haven

The Drake Group, an organization of faculty and staff who seek to defend academic integrity in college sports is now “in residence” at the University of New Haven. The Drake Group was founded in 1999 when a distinguished group of college faculty, authors, and activists were invited to Drake University for a twenty-four-hour think tank […]

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