Faculty Reps Botch Sports-Oversight Role

Instead of protecting the academic side of college sports, some faculty athletics representatives help sidestep the rules

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Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle

Percy Bates, of the U. of Michigan, says he stands on the floor at basketball games to prevent agents and boosters from getting too close to players.

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Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle

Percy Bates, of the U. of Michigan, says he stands on the floor at basketball games to prevent agents and boosters from getting too close to players.

The report reads like a rap sheet on big-time sports. Six basketball players were kicked off the team,­ one charged with selling cocaine, another accused of stealing condoms from a Wal-Mart and injuring a 66-year-old woman while running out the door. Four reportedly went on a shopping spree with a stolen debit card. Coaches handed out cash and sent text messages telling players how to spin their stories to the police.

That is a snapshot of the basketball program at Binghamton