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Date Posted: 21:54:31 01/16/17 Mon
The AI does not favor HYP. On the contrary, it was designed to handicap HYP as an offset against their advantages in finances and brand name.
However, after the re-centering of the SAT, everybody's scores got bumped up by about 100 points. Now, between the re-centering of the scale and the proliferation of test prep courses and coaches (anybody want to make $100 an hour coaching affluent kids in comfortable suburbs?), SAT figures in the Ivy League have been compressing against the 2400 ceiling for years. 25% of the kids at HYP now sport a perfect 2400 score; the other Ivies are close behind.
Because the SAT scores have become so compressed, the AI is much less of a handicap for HYP than it used to be. Today the HYP advantages in money and stature, which of course have always been a factor, become much more significant on a relative basis.
This is bad for competition and, in the long run, it's bad for the League. And I say that as an HYP alumnus. Now with Harvard leading a race to the bottom academically, the situation is likely to get worse, not better.
If you define a "good" conference as one whose RPI is higher than it used to be, well, I guess we're better than we used to be. But if you define a good conference as one in which the primary determinant of winning and losing is the talent and dedication of the players and coaches, then we are worse than we used to be. Today, money and brand name are more influential than ever before, especially money in the form of financial aid, facilities and equipment, as well as million-dollar coaching salaries. And that imbalance is bad for any conference.
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