It never hurts to ask.

For Paul Finebaum, the admissions spat at South Carolina has a bad guy in USC President Sorensen (he wears bow ties!), who should simply let the school follow an obvious standard and placate the Ol’ Ball Coach:

It is a worthwhile debate about where to draw the line between the academic integrity of a university and where athletics fit into the picture. However, it’s nearly impossible not to side with Spurrier in this skirmish. If Spurrier or anyone else recruits a player and he qualifies under NCAA guidelines, who is Andrew Sorensen to say no? [Emphasis added.]

Sounds easy, no? Except that wasn’t the rule at Florida when SOS coached there.

Spurrier, the Gamecocks’ head football coach, is arguing that recruits who meet the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s eligibility requirements ought to be admitted as a matter of course. But that wasn’t the policy when he coached at the University of Florida, and still isn’t the policy, according to UF officials.

Keith Carodine, UF’s associate athletics director for academic affairs, said the university has often turned away players who met the NCAA‘s standard but couldn’t make the cut at UF.

Not that the OBC didn’t question the policy in Gainesville, too.

Spurrier voiced similar complaints about admissions policies while coaching at UF, and at one point he fired off a letter to admissions officials to make his frustrations known.

If USC caves to Spurrier’s demands on admission, it’ll tell us a lot about how much a certain school is willing to compromise its academic integrity to have a shot at football success. This will be interesting to watch. My prediction is that no matter how the final decision goes down, it will be accompanied by a large dose of face saving by the loser.

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UPDATE:  Of course, there’s always this possibility.

State Rep. Jackie Hayes (D-Dillon) is among many who say the NCAA guidelines should be sufficient. Hayes, who also is the football coach and athletics director at Dillon, is considering proposing legislation that would require state schools to admit athletes who meet the NCAA minimum standards.

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2 responses to “It never hurts to ask.

  1. kckd

    Finebaum defends Spurrier for wanting to change the rules at SC for admittance.

    He defends Bonds because he doesn’t have a positive drug test, though his trainer dealt in steroids while training him, his head and feet have grown larger at the young age of 37 and growing.

    Not hard to see why Finebaum defends the two so agressively when just a few years ago he saw the NCAA as the great Satan and a Bama booster as the innocent victim after being found guilty of paying a HS coach 150 grand for a football player’s commitment.

    At least he’s consistent though.

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  2. Ally

    SCUm will bow to the demands of SOS, no question. They’re desperate for validation, acceptance, and a return on their investment (in SOS).
    To see the admissions board deny Spurrier will shock the hell out of me – either that or hell most certainly will have frozen over.

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