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Why Keep Athletes Eligible But Uneducated?

Posted: September 3, 2013

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Each football season brings exciting plays and game heroes, but Frank Deford says the real heroes are often overlooked. He points to Mary Willingham, an educator who decided to speak up.

Basketball, with sneakers and a stack of sweats, jeans and books.

Each football season brings exciting plays and game heroes, but Frank Deford says the real heroes are often overlooked.

As another school year and college football season gets underway, Deford looks at the frustrations and challenges facing educators to keep student athletes eligible.

Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on this issue.

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