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The admissions scandal revealed yet another reason to rethink college sports

The admissions scandal revealed yet another reason to rethink college sports

The universities caught up in the fraudulent-admissions scandal are undoubtedly looking at ways to prevent such problems in the future, focusing in many cases on their athletic departments, where coaches in soccer and water polo and other sports allegedly took bribes from wealthy parents hoping to secure admission for their children.

But the schools involved — and all colleges with hefty athletics programs — should be thinking beyond the details of the recent scandal, and examining more broadly the oversize role that varsity sports have played at U.S. institutions of higher education.

A review is long overdue. Even two decades ago, nearly one in five slots at highly...

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