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College sports programs cheat athletes out of quality educations and treat them like money-makers, claims a senator in a bombshell report published Thursday that takes aim at schools and the NCAA for turning a blind eye to a 'broken system.'
Sen. Chris Murphy in the report accused college programs of not providing players the true value that he said should come with sports scholarships, instead placing more priority on the millions to be made on the playing field.
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Players are denied achieving their true academic dreams by inadequate educational opportunities, often times never graduating, Murphy warns.
'The lack of academic integrity across college sports may be the most insidious piece of a broken system,' he writes in the report, entitled: 'Madness Inc., How colleges keep athletes on the field and out of the classroom.'
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Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, earlier this year released the first part of the report, which was critical of schools that claim scholarships properly compensate players for their time on the field.
'The NCAA's primary response to my first report was that students are compensated, in their opinion. They believe that scholarship is adequate compensation for all of the time students put in and all the money they make for the system,' Murphy tells the HuffPost.
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'But there are a lot of students who are in the big time college programs where schools are treating them like commodities and not giving them the education that they deserve.'
Stephen Cline, a former defensive lineman for Kansas State University, says he was discouraged by the school from using his scholarship to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Instead, Cline claims he was pushed to settle for a less-demanding major so he could concentrate on his whole reason for being at the school: football.
'The whole time…I felt...
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