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, ...


Drake Group Co-Sponsors “Athletes Right To Know Act”

In January of 2011, the Drake Group and the National College Players’ Association (NCPA) joined forces with CT State Representative Pat Dillon to pass the College Athletes Right to Know ...


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

The Drake Group, an organization of faculty and staff who seek to ...

Vision, Mission and Goals

The mission of the Drake Group is to defend academic integrity in ...

Hutchins Award

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Rights of College Athletes

In light of the current national debate about transfer rules in intercollegiate athletics and other restrictions on the eligibility of college athletes, The Drake Group believes there is a need to acknowledge and define the basic rights of college students who participate in intercollegiate athletics.

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Antitrust Exemption

Congress Granting a Conditional Limited Antitrust Exemption to the NCAA and Its Member Institutions

Absent an antitrust exemption, which only the Congress can provide, the NCAA will continue to be the target of antitrust lawsuits whenever it tries to implement educationally defensible reforms that have commercial consequences.

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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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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, Auburn University, Syracuse University and other institutions of higher education. The NCAA reported in early 2015 that it had 20 academic misconduct cases currently […]

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Drake Group Addresses Dysfunctional NCAA Enforcement System

The 2015 unsealing of nearly 500 pages of documents in Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the NCAA 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 many years. In April of 2015, The Drake […]

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

In March of 2015, 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 […]

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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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Position Statement NCAA Division I Restructure

During the summer of 2014, the NCAA considered a proposal to give the five richest conferences (Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and Southeastern Conference) within the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I legislative autonomy.  In response, the Drake Group, a national organization of college faculty and others released a position statement that […]

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Congress Should Replace the NCAA

Three weeks after a trial over the NCAA’s use of college athletes’ likenesses ended this summer, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller’s Commerce Committee began hearings on the welfare of athletes and included testimony from NCAA President Mark Emmert. Amid the senators’ skepticism and the professed need for congressional oversight, Emmert once again promised more change to […]

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