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C. Fraser Smith: Culture change comes hard in big-time sports

When Len Bias died of cocaine intoxication in 1986, then-University of Maryland football coach Bobby Ross called it a “distraction.” Others, after lamenting the star basketball player’s loss, quickly moved on to worrying that it would damage UM’s intercollegiate athletic “program” — as if the real loss would be suffered by football and basketball. Reactions of this ...