It looks like there’s more than one institute of higher learning in the state of Alabama dealing with recruits and questionable transcripts.
Counselors at Hoover High School this spring sent a second, different transcript for a football player to the University of Alabama after the university called to say the player was unexpectedly ineligible, according to the high school’s former principal.
The second transcript contained a grade change that was “an honest mistake” and that made the player eligible, said Richard Bishop, who has sued the school system over his dismissal as principal.
The player is Josh Chapman, a highly recruited freshman defensive tackle at Alabama, The Birmingham News has learned.
There’s nothing like lawsuits and “honest mistakes”. And here’s the story behind the mistake:
Hoover High math teacher Forrest Quattlebaum said in June that a final grade for a senior football player in his class was changed from a B to an A without his consent.
According to Bishop, Alabama’s compliance office informed Hoover’s guidance department of a concern regarding a player’s first transcript shortly after Memorial Day. Bishop said Alabama told the guidance department that the player was “so many hundredths of a point” shy of being eligible and that there had to be a problem, because Alabama had thought the student’s eligibility wasn’t an issue.
Bishop said Hoover counselors Cindy Bond and Marley Stephens assumed there had been a mistake due to a rounding error with the computer system. Bond and Stephens had been checking grades that were not correctly rounded up and reported 36 such problems, Bishop said.
Gosh, it’s good to have helpful guidance counselors! Too bad these clowns can’t add:
Bond and Stephens recalculated and mistakenly averaged the player’s final math grade of an 89, which is a B, with his first-semester grade of a 90 and came up with a final grade of 89.5, according to Bishop. A grade of 89.5 can be rounded up to 90, which is an A.
Bond, a college and career specialist, and Stephens declined to comment, saying they have been honest with school officials and Pointer in recounting what happened.
Quattlebaum said he was not notified of the grade change until June 12 – 13 days after the change was made. Assistant Principal Carol Martin and Peer Helping Coordinator Terri Borie informed Quattlebaum of the change in a casual conversation outside of school, he said.
Bishop said the counselors, Bond and Stephens, had been calling other teachers while verifying grades, but he was uncertain why they didn’t notify Quattlebaum. “I would say just an oversight,” Bishop said.
At which point, no word on whether Bishop pulled out a brochure containing information on bridges he had for sale.
The upshot? “Oops, our bad”:
Bishop said he and Hoover Superintendent Andy Craig agreed not to formally correct the second transcript, which was sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse for review of eligibility, because the grade-change error was strictly Hoover’s.
Craig said he didn’t want to discuss an individual case, but “if an error was made on a grade/transcript in favor of the student, as a general rule, I don’t think we would punish the student for a mistake that we made.”
Evidently at Hoover, fixing mistakes to reflect the accurate truth is construed as punishment. They’ve certainly got some issues to deal with there. So much for character building.
Maybe Tommy Bowden starts recruiting Hoover hard. Looks like they know how to do bidness with college coaches there.