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More Information on the AI

Just a quick post to mention that I will be releasing something at the College Sporting News more deeply on this subject. Call this a "teaser" for that article if you must, but here is some information that should whet one's appetite:

  • The results of this study involved the Academic Index (or AI) only - the changes to this formula that were announced on Wednesday do not include any sort of aid reform for football in terms of athletic scholarships.
  • Having said that, the possibility of athletic scholarships in football are still a subject "under discussion." The discussion about the AI (which encompasses all Patriot League sports) and athletic aid (which, in this case, only involves football) are two different discussions.
I think it's important to make that distinction here. I think it is very fair that the discussion about reform of the AI and any decisions on athletic scholarships for football be separate discussions, since one affects all sports throughout the League, and the other is something that affects only one sport.

In a nutshell, the Patriot League presidents have decided that the AI will be changing in a significant way for the 2009 season, while the debate on athletic scholarships in football rages on.

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