Derrick Z. Jackson

NCAA must address racial gap

WASHINGTON -- FILLING THE ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton with the energy and optimism of a college booster, National Collegiate Athletic Association President Mark Emmert said on Monday that college presidents are finally serious about banning teams with poor graduation rates from postseason play. He told the Knight Commission, the nation’s leading college sports reform body, that the NCAA’s Division I board of directors is finalizing recommendations for a plan that could ban teams in about three years if they have less than a 50 percent graduation rate.

“This is going to have a very, very significant impact on the way coaches recruit, on the emphasis they place on the success of their student athletes, on the entire mission of the athletic departments,’’ Emmert said.

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