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Date Posted: 15:10:49 02/20/03 Thu
Author: Hire_Macdog

Whether Jason Rowe should have been allowed to play is a moot point. He didn't pass his education classes, which, according to my friends who are/have been education majors, only requires you to have blood circulating in your body.(It should also be noted that 99% of the members of the LAX team can't even spell 'academics' let alone apply any energy in that direction. BTW, for many sports fans outside of MD and a select other wealthy northeastern metro areas LAX is not even considered a sport).

That having been said, I am in agreement with MacDog that academic requirements do make it difficult to recruit hoops stars. However, Loyola also has a solid infrastructure to support athletes (as well as the student body in general) in facing and overcoming the challenges of the academic atmosphere at a Jesuit institution.

It is not impossible to recruit true 'STUDENT-athletes'. (In fact, Lindbergh Chatman is an excellent example on this year's team, despite his limited action and disappointing play.) However, we do need to make a concerted effort to find those 'diamonds in the rough' who want to work hard on the court and in the classroom and to succeed beyond mediocrity. We should not sell the institution or its student athletes short by assuming that the only individuals who can get the job done on the floor are those same individuals who need some sort of special dispensation to make the grade. Other small to mid-size schools have done exceptionally well and maintained the integrity of the institutions academic reputation. WE CAN DO THE SAME.

In order to do so, we should look to find a successful D3 coach who has regional recruiting prowess and is able to find those players who may fall under the radar screen of other schools but are talented enough to play competitively in the MAAC. Lonergan at Catholic is the first to come to mind, but others are also out there.

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