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Old 03-30-18, 01:36 PM
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Interesting Column on Why Catholic Colleges Excel in Basketball

From the NY Times>

A quote of note: "But there is more than just something in the holy water. Several characteristics of Catholicism in America, both sociological and spiritual, have helped determine this affinity; the Catholic Church’s decision not to abandon the urban poor in America in the second half of the 20th century, when so many other institutions did, was particularly significant."

And for those that continue to bring up the lack of catholic students, code word for African-Americans, at these schools, (you can easily substitute High School for College in this quote): " Black athletes, Catholic or not, often landed at these colleges partly because they frequently played basketball for the local chapter of the Catholic Youth Organization, which was originally founded as a kind of urban, Catholic parallel to the predominantly Protestant Y.M.C.A.s. The C.Y.O.s set many black players on the path toward Catholic colleges.

'As more and more ethnic Catholics moved out of cities but parishes and schools stayed put, black kids were admitted regardless of religious affiliation beginning in the ’60s,” James T. Fisher, an American Studies professor at Fordham, said in an email. “Then the church turned demographic fact into theological virtue by embracing urban advocacy and racial justice.'
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Old 03-30-18, 08:41 PM
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uh oh Auggie,

That's not going to fit the public school fan's narrative, of why Catholic Schools have so much success.
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Originally Posted by gobluetom View Post
uh oh Auggie,

That's not going to fit the public school fan's narrative, of why Catholic Schools have so much success.
First of all, it's COLLEGES.....although maybe Iggy and X qualify....

Secondly, with regard to high schools, let's not place much nobility in being too cheap acquire the property and build the school buildings required to follow the parishioners into the hinterlands.
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Old 03-31-18, 07:55 PM
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Catholic schools should excel at College bball, nobody can recruit like Catholic schools whether it be College or High School.
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