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College Basketball Freshman eligibility in any sport comes with its price to pay However when colleges sort through the thousands of applicants each school year they do not take into consideration the toll the students freshman year will have they accept students because of their prior performance and potential Yet when athletes are given scholarships to play sports Dean Smith wants the student-athletes to sit out their freshman year Throughout his essay Dean Smith appeals to logic generalizes about student-athletes and contradicts himself while trying to provide evidence that freshman eligibility impairs the careers of future professional players As a result his essay is not effective in arguing its point Smiths essay begins with a call to logic on the amount of time contributed by a freshman student-athlete playing a varsity sport While he states that students are asked to devote hours many hours of time and attention to the high profile teams of football and basketball he forgets that not all athletes play in the ACC or the Big Ten Some colleges are only represented by a student population of 3000 In essence his appeal to logic is saturated over by the fact that lower level teams cannot give their freshman players experience because their high profile adversaries have students who arent ready for the big time Not every college basketball or football team is constantly televised or replayed over and over on sport shows Rural colleges need every year of experience they can get because their athletes cant get better without playing Smith also uses cause and effect in his essay to change eligibility By sitting out a year Smith states that it would tend to validate the institutions admission and academic-performance standards Put very simply Smith believes that more time for study will result in higher grades and better academic productivity Finally Smith tone not as serious as one would expect a college professor to have suggests that perhaps a freshman year
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