“It’s very likely that these kids would slip right through. There wouldn’t be any red flags in the first place. If someone arranged to have someone take the ACT for one of these kids and got a 29 — and only took it one time — the NCAA would automatically assume a private school kid from an upper-middle class family could get a 29. That’s the way things happen.

“Shift the dynamic to a poor black kid with a 2.5, 2.6 GPA, get a 26, they would look more aggressively at whether that particular kid is capable of performing up to that level. There’s always been a racial and socioeconomic component to NCAA legislation and NCAA enforcement that’s always been troubling.”

  • Don Jackson, prominent sports attorney with experience working NCAA eligibility cases.

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