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Annual Meeting Reminder!!

From the President April 6, 2018 B. David Ridpath, President The Drake Group (740) 593-9496 ridpath@ohio.edu http://www.TheDrakeGroup.org Below is the information for the annual meeting scheduled for Friday, April 13th at 4:30 pm eastern time. All members are welcome to join. I know many of you will be at the CSRI conference in Columbia, SC […]

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Drake Group Honors Dan Kane, Investigative Reporter for The Raleigh News and Observer, as the Recipient of the 2018 Drake Hero Award

WEST HAVEN, CONN — The Drake Group, an organization whose mission is to defend academic integrity in higher education, has selected Dan Kane, an investigative reporter for Raleigh, North Carolina’s The News & Observer, to receive the Drake Hero Award. The Drake Hero Award was established in 2015 to honor an individual who has helped […]

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Prioritizing Academics, Athletes’ Well-Being and Fairness? The Drake Group calls on NCAA to Follow its own Rhetoric During its Biggest Showcase

“Prioritizing academics, well-being, fairness…” This is the NCAA mantra that is being touted and has been persistently repeated throughout the NCAA Final Four tournament events in Columbus, Ohio and San Antonio during the Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships. This message is of course amplified by television, social media and other delivery systems. In […]

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The Drake Group Calls on Congress to Expand Investigation beyond Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and USOC and include the NCAA (March 8)

In the wake of Dr. Larry Nassar’s convictions for sexual molestation, Drake Group president B. David Ridpath calls upon the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security to expand its current investigation beyond the actions of Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), to […]

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Drake Group Blames Outdated NCAA Amateur Status Rules for Criminalizing Outside Athlete Compensation (November 22, 2017)

Following the announcement of FBI indictments for under-the-table athlete payments, B. David Ridpath, President of The Drake Group, issued the following statement highly critical of the NCAA and its member institutions: Although the latest scandal that has enveloped college sports is not surprising, it was stunning to see the federal government getting involved in policing college sports. Despite […]

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The Drake Group Academic Integrity Project 2017 – Addressing Academic Corruption

Given the numerous incidences of academic corruption there have been in Division I university athletics, the Drake Group initiated the Academic Integrity Project in 2017. The Drake Group partnered with Karl Idsvoog and Dave Foster (both former reporters) and Robert Baumann (designer) of Kent State University and Dr. Max Grubb of Youngstown State University to […]

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First Drake Group Hero Award Presented to Sports Journalist Brad Wolverton

Read full article: Drake Group Honors Brad Wolverton

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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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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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Drake Group Calls for Strong Actions to Address Collegiate Coaching Misconduct

The Drake Group believes that most coaches act responsibly and in the best interests of their players.  Even when using now-unacceptable pedagogy, most coaches do so without malicious intent.   However, adequate evidence shows that the coaching profession is without clear and consistent standards and that absent such guidelines, too many coaches, albeit a minority, are […]

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