In an article published three days ago, NPR examined the increasing financial aid offered at many Ivy schools and the rise of Ivy basketball that has resulted.
The article - citing Harvard coach Tommy Amaker and Crimson forward Kyle Casey - discusses the implications of the eliminating loans from financial aid. These loans that have that have largely been replaced by grants, which according to the article many football and basketball players receive, could help the Ivy become more competitive with schools that offer full or partial athletic scholarships.
The recent success of Jeremy Lin and Harvard's rise to the AP Top 25 for a large part of the season has catapulted the Ancient Eight into the daily conversation of college basketball.The NPR story follows a string of articles to unearth the truth about Ivy League athletics and the success of Ivy basketball. On Sunday, The New York Times published an article about Ivy Hoops as a long-time flag bearer for the college game. Two months earlier, the NYT also published an article to try and demystify the sensitive issue of Academic Index.
Here is the audio from the story on NPR: