This is not a joke.

There is a serious battle going on over at Clemmins, er, Clemson University between the academics and the athletic department over admission standards at the school, according to Mickey Plyler, who has some fairly remarkable things to say about it in a post on his blog.

This should be of particular interest to Georgia fans who have on occasion expressed concern over similar tensions between the football staff and the folks administering the admissions process in Athens. It’s worth noting that one area of success in recruiting Georgia’s incoming class this year was the apparent level of communication and cooperation between the two sides being noticeably improved – with the result that all of Garner’s JUCO targets were able to be admitted.

The two big ironies from Plyler’s piece were that Jarius Wynn (one of those Georgia JUCO targets just mentioned) was cited as an example of a kid who couldn’t be admitted to Clemson and this quote:

“These people have no idea what goes on in this industry. Think this kind of thing would happen at Georgia, Florida, Tennessee or LSU?”

Plyler concludes his post by saying:

“Cecil Huey, Becky Bowman and several others want Clemson to be Duke Monday through Friday but that will never happen because of perception. However, if you don’t fix it, Clemson will become Duke on Saturdays in the fall.”

I don’t think the choice necessarily has to be that stark, but if his facts are accurate, it’s fair to say that there’s a pretty serious morale and communication problem there.

More thoughts on this here.

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UPDATE: Clemson president to review admissions process.

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