Rawlings Panel Releases Report
The panel created to examine the balance between athletics and academics at UNC-Chapel Hill, which includes Guilford faculty member Bob Malekoff, has made its final report.
Among its recommendations, the five-member Rawlings Panel urged UNC to require a “year of residence” for specially admitted student-athletes during which they would not participate in competition, greater transparency for athletics revenue and spending, and more education for coaches. The panel also advised conferences and the NCAA to consider spending caps for specific sports.
“I certainly hope that our report might result in a closer alignment between college sports and the primary missions of colleges and universities, and that students participating on intercollegiate teams are afforded greater opportunities for a productive balance between academic, athletic and student life pursuits,” said Bob, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sport Studies.
In a column published in the Aug. 15 Greensboro News & Record, he explains the need for meaningful reform.
“The present college sports fiscal model is simply unsustainable,” he wrote. “Athletics revenue is at an all-time high, but so is spending. Ever- growing financial commitments such as exorbitant coaching salaries and debt service on opulent facilities threaten a school’s financial equilibrium. Perhaps most troubling is that … the rate of spending on athletes has far outpaced academic expenditures per student.”
Bob has worked with colleges and universities nationwide to keep academics, athletics and student life in harmony. Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a member of Guilford’s Board of Trustees, also is a member of the panel.
The committee was appointed following years of athletics-related scandals at UNC and held its first meeting in April. Association of American Universities President Hunter Rawlings chairs the group. Other members are Jim Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten athletic conference, and Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.