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Big Ten seeking ways to emphasize academics in college sports

Big Ten seeking ways to emphasize academics in college sports

Commissioner Jim Delany emerged from three days of Big Ten meetings in Rosemont with a mandate for widespread change. "It's a time of tumult," Delany said Wednesday. "And a time of opportunity." And, as always, a time for healthy skepticism. It's one thing to talk about a renewed emphasis on academics, as Delany and Big Ten athletic directors have done. But can anything be enacted to encourage schools to emphasize midterms over jump shots? Same goes for the time demands on college athletes. Everyone agrees they should have the opportunity to study abroad, take internships and enjoy a more well-rounded college experience. But can legislation help...

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