Black Athletes Aren’t Graduating

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Young black men playing basketball and football for the country’s top college teams are graduating at lower rates than black male students at the same schools — despite having financial and academic support that removes common hurdles preventing many undergraduates from earning a degree, a new report has found.While 58 percent of black male undergraduates at the 65 schools in the Power 5 conferences got degrees within six years, 54 percent of black male student-athletes at the same schools graduated, according to an analysis of the 2014-2015 academic year by University of Pennsylvania researcher Shaun Harper.Harper said the graduation gap represents a wide and systemic issue worse than isolated scandals seen on individual campuses.“It happens just about everywhere,” said Harper, Director of Penn’s Center for Race and Equity in Education. “Generations of young black men and their parents and families are repeatedly duped by a system that lies to them about what their life chances are and what their athletic outcomes are likely to be.”Just as the attention of the sports world shifts to March Madness, the home page for the NCAA’s website features data on how few student-athletes are drafted to play professional sports, promoting its efforts to educate college players. The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments begin this week.According to estimated data from the NCAA, only 1.2 percent of college men’s basketball players are drafted by the NBA and only 1.6 percent of college football players are drafted by the NFL.“Although there is a great deal of interest in basketball this time of year, we think it is important to remind fans of what our mission is — to provide student-athletes educational opportunities that will last a lifetime,” Bob Williams, NCAA Senior Vice President of Communications, said in a statement to The Associated Press.The statement also said graduation rates rose 13 percentage points in football and 15 percentage points in basketball for black student-athletes at all Division I programs between 1995 and 2005.Nationwide, black men comprise 2.5 percent of undergraduate students, but make up 56 percent of college football teams and 61 percent of men’s college basketball teams.Harper says college is failing a large number of these students, who also graduate at lower rates than student-athletes overall (69 percent) and undergraduates overall (75 percent) at these schools.A recent NCAA report on graduation data shows the graduation rate for black male players at all Division I basketball programs was 72 percent for the class that started in 2008.For football, the number was 69 percent. On its website, the NCAA says graduation rates are higher than ever, and 15 percent of student-athletes say they wouldn’t be in college without sports.But the numbers don’t hold up when looking at the NCAA’s main revenue-generating sports at elite programs.“When coaches are looking for the best athletic talent, that’s what they’re looking for,” Harper said. “They’re not really concerned with academic talent.”Harry Swayne, who played football at Rutgers University for four years before a 14-year NFL career from 1987 to 2001, said he saw the shift in mentality from the idea of college as a path to education to a pipeline to a professional sports career.“Statistically, more than likely, they won’t make it,” Swayne said. “We don’t want to talk them out of their dreams; we just want to give them some reality, too. We want to introduce them to some other possibilities for when football is over, because it is coming to an end sooner than they think and sooner than they’re ready for.”Swayne said schools should look at student-athletes more as people than players, and help them prepare for life beyond the game.Harper said the solution is less likely to come from colleges than parents whose children are being recruited. He encouraged families to ask coaches about their overall student-athlete experience before committing to schools.“Sometimes, young men get so excited about the prospect of playing for a particular place and coach,” Harper said. “We’re going to have to see more student activism, where black players say, ‘You’re going to graduate me, or I’m not going to play for you.’”(ERRIN HAINES WHACK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stoke vs Liverpool: Team news & TV guide

first_imgStoke City v Liverpool Stoke vs Liverpool: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Declan Payne Last updated 1 year ago 17:45 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mohamed Salah Stoke City v Liverpool Premier League Liverpool Stoke City Jurgen Klopp’s side head to the bet365 Stadium looking to extend their current unbeaten run in all competitions Liverpool know they could make their way into the top four with a win against Stoke at bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night, while the home side know they’re in desperate need of three points to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone.Stoke suffered the indignation of a late Crystal Palace comeback last weekend, with the 2-1 defeat their sixth of the season. They haven’t taken all three points since a 1-0 win over Watford at the end of October.The visitors come into this one after Willian’s goal snatched a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, but Liverpool are undefeated in their last six matches in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Stoke vs Liverpool Date Wednesday, November 29 Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Sadio ManeIn the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will not be available to watch live on television, but can be watched by stream via NBC Sports Gold. US TV channel Online stream None NBC Sports Gold SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Stoke players Goalkeepers Butland, Grant, Haugaard Defenders Pieters, Wimmer, Johnson, Cameron, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Zouma, Edwards, Tymon Midfielders Allen, Afellay, Adam, Shaqiri, Fletcher, Ireland, Sobhi, Verlinden, Jese Forwards Berahino, Choupo-Moting, Diouf, Crouch, Ngoy Stoke remain without goalkeeper Jack Butland (broken finger) and will likely also miss defender Geoff Cameron (concussion), while Stephen Ireland remains out indefinitely with a broken leg.There will almost certainly be changes from the side which was beaten by Crystal Palace last weekend, with Mark Hughes perhaps favouring the experience of Peter Crouch against the striker’s former club.  Potential starting XI: Grant; Zouma, Shawcross, Wimmer, Pieters; Fletcher, Allen, Sobhi Jese, Shaqiri; Crouch. Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Clyne, Flanagan, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Coutinho, Henderson, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Markovic, Ejaria, Wilson, Lallana Forwards Firmino, Sturridge, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn Dejan Lovren (back) and Emre Can (knee) are both in doubt for Wednesday night’s match, while Nathaniel Clyne will continue to miss out with a back injury.After being left out of Saturday evening’s draw with Chelsea, Sadio Mane may come into the starting side for Daniel Sturridge. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also make way for Roberto Firmino.Potential starting XI: Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Henderson, Milner, Coutinho; Mane, Salah, Firmino.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Jurgen KloppThe home side are 5/1 to win this one, according to dabblebet, while free-scoring Liverpool come to the bet365 Stadium as 8/15 favourites.With Jurgen Klopp’s side scoring three or more goals on ten occasions so far this season, it is 11/8 for over 3.5 goals. League leading goalscorer Mo Salah is 16/5 to score the first goal, while Choupo-Moting is 15/2 for the home side.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Peter Crouch Stoke City 2017The goal-scoring ability Liverpool possess at present is a worry for almost any team; last weekend’s draw with Chelsea was the first time they’ve been restricted to a goal or less since the middle of October.Mo Salah is undoubtedly the danger man for the Reds, his tricky feet and turn of pace helping propel him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with ten goals so far this campaign.The home side would be unwise to focus on just the Egyptian, though, as Coutinho can score from anywhere around the edge of the area, and the likes of Firmino and Mane are more than capable of goals should they get a start on Wednesday.Stoke boss Mark Hughes signalled there may be changes in order to combat Liverpool’s high-tempo style of play, and strike a balance coming into a busy Christmas period.The Potters have kept only two clean sheets in the league this season, and have looked leaky against the big sides – Man City knocked seven past them back in October, while Chelsea managed four goals in September.Worryingly for Hughes, his Stoke side currently sit just three points above the relegation zone. Currently 15th, they could slip down as low as 18th with a loss against Liverpool, but go as high as ninth with a win. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more