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Wisconsin's Alvarez: Abolish so-called 20-hour rule

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Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says it's time to abolish the so-called 20-hour rule designed to limit how much time students spend on athletics instead of academics per week.

Alvarez acknowledges athletes need time off. But the rule in place is not the way to go about it.

He says it's tough to enforce and adds, "Let's not make ridiculous rules that you can't follow."

He'll get no argument from Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who calls the rule a "misnomer" based on the amount of time athletes devote to their sport and says it needs a new label.

The two spoke Wednesday as conference administrators wrapped up three days of meetings.

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