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Subject: Re: New Harvard President Unlikely to Rein In Amaker

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Date Posted: 18:55:42 02/12/18 Mon
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "New Harvard President Unlikely to Rein In Amaker" on 23:37:51 02/11/18 Sun

The unfair allegations of lowering academic standards to recruit elite athletes reminds me of the equally unfair and unsubstantiated criticism of Coach Bill Tierney when he was at Princeton when Tierney was able to consistently assemble top 10 lacrosse recruiting classes. Tierney and Amaker should be praised for their ability to recruit elite athletes who excelled in both the classroom and at their respective sports.

It has been pointed out on numerous occasions that Amaker has been able to recruit top talent without having to lower academic standards. For example, it has been noted that his current team has 14 players with published high school GPAs. It is remarkable that 13 of the 14 of these athletes on his roster earned 4.0 GPAs in high school (Seth Towns, Chris Lewis, Justin Bassey, Balsa Dragovic, Weisner Perez, Chris Egi, Andre Chatfield, Robbie Fienberg, Zach Yosher, Rio Haskett and Reed Farley) with Christian Juzang having a 3.8 GPA. Tommy McCarthy, Corey Johnson, James McLean and Danilo Djuricic did not have published GPAs. Thus, it is safe to assume that the team overall high school GPA average is well over 3.9 with an estimated academic index (AI) team average well over 200. My guess is that Mitch Henderson at Princeton, James Jones at Yale, Steve Donahue at Penn, as well as our other coaches are doing as well as Amaker at recruiting star basketball players with equally strong academic qualifications as Amaker has achieved.

This is consistent with the experiences of those of us who are involved in interviewing recruited athletes. There is no question that we are witnessing a trend of ever rising GPAs and SAT scores for our recruits, despite the level of athletic ability of the recruited athletes also improving compared to a decade ago. The dramatically improved financial aid packages seems to have especially helped the sport of basketball where the vast majority of the elite recruits are on near full scholarship so the Ivy coaches can be more selective in their academic qualifications.

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Date Posted: 20:17:54 02/12/18 Mon

If you estimate an academic index for the team well over 200, why would Coach Amaker have the need to recruit somebody like Camden McRae?

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