Monday, June 27, 2005
What is college for?: Most would say to provide an education, but Sports Illustrated's Peter King brings up an interesting point regarding the NCAA's baseball schedule.
Undergraduate classes at the University of Florida ended on April 20. That was 69 days ago. Yesterday, the Florida baseball team played in the final game of the College World Series championship series in Omaha.
Since the academic year ended, the team has played 34 games.
I wonder if any kid on the baseball team -- especially a non-starter -- has brought up the schedule is totally insane. They've been playing baseball for almost 10 weeks since classes ended, and it's impossible for the players to get a summer job or internship (isn't that what college is designed to set you up for between semesters?) because classes start back up in less than two months.
Does anyone at the NCAA monitor these schedules that allow the College World Series to be played until the week before the July 4th holiday?
It's all about the money. But King's point is well-taken -- just about every university has a slightly different schedule (some run on a quarter system, others on a semester system), but there should be some sort of uniformity in schedules so student athletes aren't spending 10 weeks of their summer playing sports. Unlike the NFL and NBA, MLB actually has a minor-league system, there should be little pressure from the pros for a vigorous college program.