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College athletics reform in 3 steps

The recent editorial regarding the sanctions imposed on Penn State by the NCAA ("Penn State sanctions aren't enough," July 24) concluded with the statement that the NCAA "needs to make this penalty the first step toward reining in a sport that has grown too rich and too powerful."

Here are three suggestions that the NCAA could adopt reasonably quickly to put college athletics back in its proper perspective on college campuses:

First, eliminate athletic dormitories so that athletes can experience life on a college campus more broadly. Second, eliminate freshman eligibility so that athletes can focus on academics during their first year on campus. They could retain four years of eligibility, just not their first year on campus. Third, require that student-athletes must maintain academic achievement in the top 85 percent of their cohort in order to participate in college athletics.

Bob Price, Lutherville

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