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College Athletes #310556

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 27, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) University of Maryland officials, in wake of death of basketball star Len Bias, reported meeting soon to review college athletes' records.

(College Park, MD: Eric Engberg) Impact of Bias' death on growing concern with colleges' emphasis on athletic programs rather than academics examined; scenes shown. [Sportswriter John UNDERWOOD - notes illusion under which college athletes function.] Bias' academic failure cited as ex. [Former Clemson Univ. president Bill ATCHLEY - notes schools place sports above education] [Sports historian Neil ISAACS, Pennsylvania State coach Joe PATERNO - agree.] Econs. involved in college sports described. [University of Miami pres. Edward FOOTE - thinks most college sports stars are ill prepared for such acclaim.] Criticism of Maryland coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell noted. Complaint filed by Maryland player Derrik Lewis' mother and other parents following Bias' death explained. [Gertie LEWIS - questions school's priorities.]

Reporter(s):
Engberg, Eric;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:03:00

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