Man, is the Maurice Smith situation complicated, or what?
… When Smith secured his graduate transfer from Alabama last summer, the SEC set down stipulations: Smith must stay enrolled towards his master’s degree in Public Health and graduate within two years, or Georgia would be precluded from requesting further graduate transfer waivers…
Smith has spent the time since Georgia’s season ended training mostly in his hometown of Houston, then did some training in Athens. If he ends up making the NFL, Smart said there will be a waiver process in place so Smith doesn’t necessarily have to take classes this fall.
“The commissioner is aware of that,” Smart said. “He understands that’s the kid’s dream, that’s what he wants to do. So he’ll take that into consideration.”
Jimmy Sexton never has problems like that when his clients want to move.
You have to read this Dennis Dodd interview with North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham about the ongoing NCAA investigation into the academic shenanigans there in its entirety to get the true flavor of its craziness, but the gist of it is expressed in one Slick Willie-esque paragraph.
Revealing what seems to be North Carolina’s defense in the case, Cunningham told CBS Sports, “Is this academic fraud? Yes, it is by a normal person’s standards. But by the NCAA definition [it is not].”
The NCAA, of which North Carolina is a proud, voting member last time I checked, isn’t normal. That’s some defense you got there, Bubba.
The whole thing is nuts.
Okay, so this is not a good look.
What’s especially troubling about this is that Georgia’s been on a downward trend with regard to GSR for several years now. Here are the relevant percentages and conference standings:
- 2012-3: 82% (T-1st)
- 2013-4: 75% (5th)
- 2014-5: 73% (7th)
The slide had been slow, but this past year’s drop was anything but. What’s the cause? Well, take a look at the methodology.
The graduation-rate data are based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education.
The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today.
Both the Graduation Success Rate and the Academic Success Rate account for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another. The rate compiled using the federal government’s methodology does not count transfers in and counts transfers out as graduation failures. [Emphasis added.]
The number of ways the 2013 class has affected the program is something.
Jeez, man. Get a grip.
How long before he’s on Finebaum’s show?
Rounding things up to fill the breakfast bar…
The two Presbyterian College professors who offer the “Religion of SEC Football” course open up about what that’s all about. There’s actually a little substance there… well, except for using the Clay Travis book, I suppose.
And I have to admit this struck a chord with me.
… This season, Barr won’t go to an Alabama game because his family has too many activities to prepare for his oldest daughter’s wedding. But he still loves the elation of counting down the days until football starts.
“I’ve thought recently, well, the Jewish New Year is in the fall and my dad would get so excited about all of it,” Barr said. “Maybe that’s just another way to see renewal. Maybe this is another thing that happens and another way to mark your time. I just feel young again with football. I love the renewal.”