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There are thousands of student-athletes who “go pro in something other than sports” and understand that the phrase in not just some punchline used on Draft Day. Take a moment to read Mike DiMauro’s piece on Heather Buck,

It was Heather Buck’s moment first, walking to midcourt with parents David and Mayada, with the most maternal and paternal fans in sports showering the Buck family with a love so rarely felt in sports amid all the cynical guy talk that pollutes the games we watch.

How fitting, indeed, the words of Rascal Flatts to summarize the vocation that defined Buck’s college career as much as basketball:

Help somebody every chance you get.

Heather Buck will graduate from UConn with a nursing degree. She will help somebody every chance she gets. A job at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford awaits if she wants it.

To recap: Heather Buck spent five years on women’s basketball Broadway, got a 4.0 in the classroom, leaves with a job waiting for her and didn’t have to spend a dime.

All of which sort of makes the hovering lament over Buck’s lack of playing time about the dumbest thing every uttered in the history of anything ever uttered.

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Well that’s not encouraging

At the NCAA conference this past week in San Antonio some interesting new data was revealed. It appears that student-athletes don’t trust their coaches a whole lot. And apparently the coaches of women’s basketball are the worst–according to their players. Only 39 percent of respondents said they trusted their coaches. The same percentage said their coaches “defined success by not only winning, but winning fairly.” Just over a third said they wanted to spend less time with their coaches. This is compared to 21 percent of female student-athletes in other sports.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is responding to the findings by establishing an ethics committee that will examine the compliance rules around coaches’ behaviors and players’ experiences.

FWIW, the Ethics Committee was a little over a year ago. We shall see what, if any, impact they can have since… well, they have no real disciplinary power. That’s all in the NCAA’s hands.

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from HoopGurlz: Look back to look forward

Through the years, the recruiting landscape has shifted dramatically.

The evolution of recruiting legislation generally has been an effort to address the needs of the student athletes or a response to the growth and changes in the recruiting process itself. What has also happened is an often shortsighted and kneejerk reaction to issues without understanding the residual effects and long-term impact of that action.

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