Eligibility vs. academic preparedness

New NCAA standards rooted in good intentions but plagued by practical challenges

Originally Published: August 6, 2012
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- One is speaking plain English; the other feels lost in a bureaucratic town of Babel.

To one, it is so obvious.

To the other, inscrutable.

On one side sits a group of well-intentioned people in Indianapolis, folks who make rules and standards not to be exclusionary but to encourage academic success.

On the other side sit kids in classrooms -- some in high school, fretting about being allowed to play in college, and some ...

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