In recent Posts, I have pointed-out that the NCAA and University System in this Country seems to be acting as a Cabal. They build their respective coffers; but, maintain the sham of College Athletes being Amateurs. Thus, they get their stratospheric salaries and state-of-the-art facilities; but, hey, don’t share it with the Students (Employees)! https://thetruthoncommonsense.com/2013/04/05/the-ncaa-can-surely-do-a-better-job/.
Shortly after, in a subsequent Blog Post, I re-counted the story of Kevin Ross, back in the 1980s. After attending an inner-city high school, in Omaha, NE, Mr. Ross was recruited to play college basketball, by Creighton University, also in Omaha. After playing Basketball for four years, Mr. Ross enrolled in a high school to learn how to read and write. and he also sued Creighton for Breach of Contract, https://thetruthoncommonsense.com/2013/04/07/are-student-athletes-failed-by-the-system/.
This past Easter Sunday, Kevin Ware, a Sophomore basketball player at the University of Louisville, broke a leg in two places. during a game in the NCAA Tournament known as “March Madness”, http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/college-basketball/louisville-s-kevin-ware-leaves-vs-duke-with-broken-right-leg-1.4970728. Louisville went on, this past Monday Night, to win the National Championship. But, what about Kevin Ware?
Mr. Ware has said that he will still be able to play College Basketball. But, the question is: Will he be good enough for Louisville to keep him on the team–and, thus continue his scholarship? The linked article, from Salon.COM, http://www.salon.com/2013/03/31/will_ware_be_stuck_with_the_bill/, indicates that there may be some question as to how whether his medical bills will be covered. Generally, when an athlete leaves school, the University’s and NCAA’s responsibility ends. So, if he leaves the University, who will pay his Medical Bills–both existing and future–due to the injury. Some Players negotiate to have guarantees when they enter the Univeristy, however, we don’t know.
As you will note in the following report, from the University of Central Florida’s The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, http://www.tidesport.org/Grad%20Rates/2013%20Men’s%20Basketball%20Tournament%20Teams%20Study.pdf, the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) has increased to 70% for NCAA Men’s Basketball Players. The GSR for White Athletes is 90%, while that of African-Americans is 65%.
There is not information available to indicate Kevin Ware’s academic capabilities or whether he has advanced during his two years at Louisville–and if he has been taking courses that will fulfill degree requirements. There are two questions remaining, the answers to which might only be available in several years: Will Kevin Ware’s Total Medical Bills be covered by the University of Louisville, and/or NCAA? And, will he graduate? Hopefully, Kevin will reach all of his Career Goals.