The Scarlet Number

An article on the NCAA's proposed academic incentives/disincentives structure to boost athlete graduation rates offers this alternative from Vanderbilt athletic director Todd Turner:

There's another option under loose consideration as well, Turner said. The NCAA could force teams to wear uniform patches signifying their academic success rate, a gesture of public shame sure to motivate coaches, once opposing fans take notice.

Is he kidding? I'm here talking about subverting the significance of the statistic in sport, but wow…

While we're at it, why not make the wideout's uniform glow as he streaks down the sideline for a touchdown if he's failing PSYC 100? Then we can take a perverse guilty pleasure in booing and cheering at the same time. Again … wow.


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