HARTFORD — The nation’s oldest civil rights group has supported the decision of the NCAA to suspend the University of Connecticut from the 2013 post-season for failing to meet the new standards of the Academic Progress Rate rule advocated by the NAACP.
“It is critical that colleges and universities are held responsible for the academic success of the students that represent them on the athletic field,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “These new rules make sure that the student is the primary component of the student/athlete equation.”
Last year, the NAACP joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and TIDES Director Richard Lapchick in urging the NCAA to raise its academic standards. The new rules adopted by the NCAA effectively require Division I teams to graduate over half of their players in order to participate in the postseason. This higher threshold will help bring the student/athlete relationship back into balance, and ensure that college athletes are not only motivated to succeed on the court but also to succeed at life.
“It is unfortunate that the University of Connecticut failed to meet the basic academic standards for its athletic programs,” stated Connecticut NAACP State Conference President Scot X. Esdaile. “The NAACP is willing to work with any and all universities to ensure their students can experience both academic and athletic success.”