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Media mention: Baker quoted in Washington Post

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A Notre Dame basketball player is pushing NCAA boundaries with her appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," says a UGA College of Education faculty member.

Thomas A. Baker III, an associate professor in the department of kinesiology's sport management program, was recently quoted in an article in The Washington Post about college basketball's latest hero, Arike Ogunbowale. The star of this year's NCAA women's basketball tournament has to draw a shaky line between her athletic abilities and the experience on a national TV show.

Could the decision to let her take part in the show signal the NCAA is ready to relax its rules against allowing student-athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses?

"The problem here with Ogunbowale is, where do we delineate her fame dancing versus her fame as a basketball player for Notre Dame?" said Baker in the Post story. "If she doesn't hit that last-second shot, then she's not famous, and she's not on 'Dancing with the Stars.'"

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