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While pithy, the quote fits Gonzaga better than Duke, since the academic scandal in their African American Studies program of a few years back shows that Duke's academic programs have no pretentions to greatness.
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Actually, while I love college hoops (my team, Syracuse, having some recent success), I've come to realize the skill level of the college game has dropped precipitously in the last 8-10 years.
The main reason? One/two and done players. The ability to develop skills and game knowledge is sacrificed at the altar of finding that "ONE GUY" who is going to take you to the promised land his freshman year.
You wind up with lots of talented players making stupid mistakes. Fundamental basketball has died. This year, I'm willing to be if they count, they'd find more errors on the part of players and teams than ever before. Stupid fouls, bad passes during crunch time, missed FTs (how you can be in college and shoot below 60% - which is what I shoot - is beyond me. I'm a terrible FT shooter), these are all indications of a dropping skill level.
Kids who jump to the pros will get enhanced skills quickly. IF they make it. Otherwise they'll languish in the G league, Europe or some other international location trying to work their way back.
The schools need a method of keeping athletes in school and getting an education. Paying them won't do it. But there are solutions.
Best quote: Duke is a university which tries to live up to the greatness of its basketball team.
I didn't find that quote in the link to the George Will article. Perhaps the first such quote came from George Lynn Cross, President of OU during Bud Wilkinson's run of national championships. Oklahoma Historical Society: George Lynn Cross.
Cross is known for a humorous remark made during the winning football years at Oklahoma. When asked by a member of a legislative appropriation committee, "Why do you need so much money?" he replied, "I would like to build a University of which the football team could be proud."