K-State president defends NCAA involvement in academics

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz defended the NCAA's role in policing academics and says there's no need for more involvement.

The NCAA has come under criticism for part of its response to a lawsuit filed against it by former North Carolina athletes. In the filing, the NCAA wrote the association ''did not assume a duty to ensure the quality of education student-athletes received at member institutions.''

Two former Tar Heels athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school and NCAA, saying neither has done enough to ensure athletes get a quality education.

The NCAA reopened its academic misconduct investigation at North Carolina in June. The focus is no-show courses in one department, which were often treated as independent studies that required no class time and one or two research papers. An investigation conducted by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein reported that the fraud ran from 1993 to 2011 and affected more than 3,100 students, roughly half being athletes.

NCAA President Mark Emmert was asked about the statement in the lawsuit filing on Thursday during his state of the NCAA news conference. He said member schools want the association to handle eligibility issues but mostly want autonomy when it comes to academics.

''I have no desire at Kansas State University to have the NCAA more involved in our academic enterprise,'' Schulz said.

He said it is the responsibility of the institutions to ensure a quality education and that ''we're not parking out student-athletes over in some particular area or program that's not academically rigorous and doesn't allow them to be successful.''

Emmert said the NCAA has no place monitoring what happens in the classroom.

''You couldn't have, even if you wanted, a staff from a national athletic association going into a classroom and seeing how a physics class is being taught,'' he said.

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