Long gone are the days when some of the athletes in colleges were on their campuses to compete in their respective sports while just pretending to get an education. Good riddance to those more ignorant times.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, as it should, keeps a close eye on the academics of athletes today. Its Academic Progress Report, released last week, gives Texas Tech generally good academic numbers for its 17 athletic teams — with room for improvement in some areas.
The NCAA scrutiny on the academic side of college athletics is good for the colleges and good for the athletes. If the students are going to represent the schools on their chosen fields of play, the NCAA should be keeping track of their academic performances as well.