CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 07, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Miami, Florida) United States attitude toward sports, beginning with pee wee status, and longterm impact on athletes pressured to win at any cost examined; scenes shown. [Sports author John UNDERWOOD - notes econs. involved and desperation of college coaches.] Violations of both SMU and TCU cited as ex. [TCU booster Dick LOWE - describes payoffs to star players.] Amt. illegally paid "Hot Rod" Williams at Tulane recalled. [UNDERWOOD - remembers college allowing athlete's family and girlfriend to enter school at university's expense.] [PLAYERS - describe recruiting offers they rejected.] [University of Florida president Marshall CRISER - sees money and emphasis on winning as basis of problem.] Econs. involved illustrated. [Notre Dame president Father Theodore HESBURGH - feels both education institution and students are being perverted by situation.] Williams noted leaving Tulane barely able to read. [WILLIAMS - considered basketball his priority in school.] Creighton Univ. graduate Kevin Ross mentioned returning to elementary school to receive his education after college. Graduation rate among scholarship players at Memphis State Univ. outlined. [Notre Dame basketball coach Digger PHELPS - notes average life of NBA players.] [Sociologist Harry EDWARDS - feels average player can't expect to emulate O.J. Simpson's post-athletic career success.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
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