NCAA adopts controversial Proposition 48


On January 13, 1986, NCAA schools vote to adopt Proposition 48, a controversial regulation that mandates minimum high school grades and scores on standardized college entrance exames for student-athletes to participate in sports as freshmen. The proposition, which passes by a large margin, has a disproportional impact on Black male athletes.

According to NCAA statistics, only 51 percent of Black male athletes would have qualified for the 1982 season had the bylaw already been in effect, the Hartford Courant reported. “There is no question that some of the most highly skilled athletes will not be competing as freshman,” said Wilford Bailey, NCAA secretary-treasurer, of Proposition 48.


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