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Should The NCAA Prevent Convicted Criminals From Playing College Sports?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association does not have a rule against allowing convicted felons to participate in NCAA sports and it does not anticipate changing its policy, even as it faces public pressure following the revelation that a star football player at Alcorn State University is a registered sex offender.

But this week, the NCAA doubled down on its policy. Stacey Osburn, a spokeswoman for the NCAA, said Monday that it is not the association’s place to dictate who can and cannot be allowed to enroll at a member institution and participate in sports there. (NCAA rules do, however, set academic requirements for athletes.)