Excerpts from Eugene Kane:
In reality, many players aren't actual students as much as they are semi-professionals on loan to their university until they can cash in on their talents in the professional leagues. Most times, they never graduate.
The sorry performance of many top NCAA schools when it comes to the graduation rates for African-American athletes has been reported for years with little change.
My top pick in this year's office pool is Kentucky. According to NCAA statistics, Kentucky has been one of the worst schools in terms of graduating black basketball players over the last decade, with black player graduation rate never higher than 29%.
For all NCAA Division I schools, white college basketball athletes graduate at an 81% rate while black players are at 56%.
Some black athletes share in the blame for not taking advantage of scholarships that provide a free education. But just as clearly, March Madness pours enough money into the schools' coffers that there should be more attempt by administrators to guarantee the term student-athlete is more than just a moniker.