The NCAA's Initial-Eligibility Rules Affect All High School Student-Athletes

The NCAA's Division I and Division II minimum initial-eligibility standards place an emphasis on early tracking of core coures, beginning freshman year.
"...there's no freshman free pass anymore in high school. It's no longer, 'I'm going to take a summer school class to get myself right.' It's gone."
Pat Fitzgerald,
Northwestern University Head Football Coach
"The key thing with all these core course [requirements] is they need to know in ninth grade. A lot of young people and parents don't understand. So when a young guy finds out in his junior year that he might be a Division I prospect, and he and his parents find out there's no way he can get the work done, that would be my concern."
Kirk Ferentz,
University of Iowa Head Football Coach
"The NCAA is sending a loud and clear message to coaches and administrators alike. They want players that have a legitimate chance of being productive college student-athletes."
Dick Vitale,
ESPN College Basketball Analyst
"If you're just starting to look at your core-course GPA (entirely different from the cumulative figure) as a sophomore, you're way behind."
Mitch Sherman
"The real shift is to academic preparation instead of just getting eligible. This is a philosophical difference than what's out there. There's this attitude now that I'll just do all these things late in my career just to get over the eligibility mark. Well, you're still not prepared. This is a focus that says you have to be prepared."
Kevin Lennon
NCAA Vice President of Academic and Membership Affairs is an independent site and not affiliated or associated with the NCAA. is endorsed by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and
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