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Freshman life has changed

Elite recruits now spend less time at UCLA and other schools than in 1965

Updated: April 19, 2012, 2:08 PM ET
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | ESPN.com

When I was a grade schooler, I enjoyed watching those romantic comedies about college athletes, usually footballers who were dying to get that coed cutie and move on to the house with the white picket fence.

The college landscape was made up of zany students from small hick towns. These students would be die-hard fans and cheer the state university onto victory. Stock characters always included dim-witted linemen and bright-eyed cheerleaders who pulled for or worked against ...

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