Friday, December 30, 2005

The Slots System Pays Off

Part III in the New York Times series on recruiting in small college athletics ran in Sunday's editions. Links to the stories can be found below.


Admissions and the Cold Slap of Rejection

"Kevin Friedenberg was certain he had played by all the rules of the college recruiting game. A top high school lacrosse goalie from Needham, Mass., he had e-mailed coaches to promote himself and had attended showcase camps and tournaments. An A student who said he had College Board scores equivalent to 1,380 on the two-part SAT, Friedenberg narrowed his choices to three Division III institutions, including Haverford, a small, selective liberal arts college. Friedenberg twice visited the Haverford campus outside Philadelphia, with astute questions for the lacrosse coach, Mike Murphy: Could he study a year abroad? How many advanced placement high school courses did he need to take? Did Haverford need a goalie? Would the coach support him in admissions?"


One Division III Conference Finds That Playing the Slots System Pays Off

"Tom Parker has been involved in the Division III athletic recruiting process at small, elite liberal arts colleges for 25 years, long enough to remember when civility and common sense were the rule. "Now absolutely everything in athletics has to be regulated, in detail," said Parker, the dean of admissions at Amherst College since 1999. Before that, he spent 19 years in the same position at Williams College. "Everything," Parker added."

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