The Academic Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics

The Good, the Problematic, and the Truly Worrisome


  • William J. Morgan University of Southern California



The purpose of this paper is to provide a response to Harrison’s (2012) work. The author highlights the positives associated with many of the academic reform efforts Harrison highlights (i.e., the good); addresses concerns about academic clustering, rewarding teams performing at high academic levels, and athletic administrators’ resistance to upset the status quo (i.e., the problematic); and the strong association between efforts for academic reform and large revenue streams found in men’s basketball and football (i.e., the truly worrisome). Recommendations and conclusions are advanced.

Author Biography

William J. Morgan, University of Southern California

Morgan is with the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and also the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.




How to Cite

Morgan, W. J. (2012). The Academic Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics: The Good, the Problematic, and the Truly Worrisome. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 5(1), 90–97.