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

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Date Posted: 23:40:10 02/13/18 Tue
In reply to: Drew2411 's message, "Re: New Harvard President Unlikely to Rein In Amaker" on 20:39:14 02/13/18 Tue

Drew, you have a slight but important misunderstanding of how the AI system is implemented. The HYP schools do indeed have the highest AI distributions overall and, depending upon the specific year or recruiting cycle, Harvard can be highest of all. But that is the distribution across all 32 non-football sports.

Furthermore, the minimum AI score is the same for all Ivy athletes; neither HYP nor Harvard have a higher minimum AI score than the other five/seven schools.

Taking those two inputs together, it's not that Harvard is admitting students below the threshold AI score. It's that Harvard is packing a disproportionate number of its low AI recruits from the 32 non-football sports onto basketball while pushing the lower limit with regularity. For example, star recruit Wesley Saunders '15 revealed his SAT scores in an interview. He probably had one of the lowest half dozen scores of any student in his Harvard class, including development admits and faculty kids.

So the nature of the transgression is not as you inquire. No Harvard basketball player has an AI score below the League minimum. But Harvard funnels more of its low AI recruits from the 32 non-football sports onto basketball, including many of its very lowest.

Add in the other stuff going on around the program which has been described endlessly in other threads and that's why some people think that's a problem in a League which exists solely to maintain and enforce academic standards for athletes.

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Date Posted: 11:50:31 02/14/18 Wed

Harvard was widely perceived as being the driving engine for the AI in response to athletic success at other schools (Penn basketball, Cornell hockey).

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Date Posted: 17:21:56 02/17/18 Sat

I fully understand it. No Harvard player can be admitted that is below the Ivy min. Your complaint is Harvard aggregates more in hoop correct? First off that has always happened ( if you are a new hockey coach for example you will ask to get more share of low bands for first few years to get program re started). Second, why is this a problem? Hoop is a sport based on attendance, visibility that is where I as an AD would clearly emphasize and allow more lower band recruits. I certainly wouldn’t give many if any low bands in sports like field hockey or lacrosse where- recruits inevitably come from upper middle class and private schools

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