Category Archives: Academics? Academics.

Don’t be a drop out.

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.

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Even Moar Go home, 2016 season. You’re drunk, ctd.

Jeez, man.  Get a grip.

How long before he’s on Finebaum’s show?

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Thursday morning buffet

Rounding things up to fill the breakfast bar…

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“It’s the idols we worship.”

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.”

Me, too.

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“Administrative error”? Oops!

Ole Miss has lost one of its top running backs for the season.

Ole Miss Rebels running back Jordan Wilkins has been declared academically ineligible for the 2016 season, the school announced Thursday morning.

Wilkins, a redshirt junior, rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns last season. He was expected to be a “co-starter” this season.

According to the news release, Wilkins failed to meet the NCAA standards for progress toward a degree.

“An appeal was filed with the NCAA for Jordan’s reinstatement based on an administrative error but was denied this week,” the school’s release said.

It wasn’t grades that did Wilkins in.  Apparently the school gave him incorrect information about how many hours he needed to remain eligible. Well played, fellas.

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Maurice Smith just wants to play ball.

I’ve posted about this before, but Maurice Smith is an Alabama defensive back who’s left the program and intends to enroll elsewhere as a graduate transfer.  As you might imagine, given that his former defensive coordinator and position coach now reside in Athens, Georgia is a mite bit interested in offering Smith a new place to land.  (As are several other programs.)  Since he’s a graduate transfer, no problem, amirite?

Welp

There’s a complicated situation playing out behind the scenes at Alabama involving a player who is trying to get his release and move on to another school as a graduate transfer.

Senior defensive back Maurice Smith wants to transfer, but has been unsuccessful getting a release despite several attempts during the last month, sources told AL.com.

Smith, who was the Tide’s first-team nickel back during the spring, is now going through an appeal process, according to sources.

It doesn’t sound particularly complicated to me.  It sounds like coaches being coaches.  On the other hand, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this.

The SEC rule, if you need a reminder, is this:

Now the SEC will allow schools to accept grad student transfers without a waiver if the transfers meet certain standards. Among the criteria for the transfer: always stayed eligible as an undergrad; no significant disciplinary issues at the old school; and earned all possible APR points. If a player doesn’t meet those standards, a school can still go through the current process of seeking a waiver from the SEC office.

Once the transfer comes to an SEC school, the rule requires the player to make progress toward a graduate degree. If that doesn’t happen, the university won’t be able to apply the grad-student exception in that athlete’s sport for three years.

That “progress toward a graduate degree” standard is a bit murky.  And the penalty is pretty much a screw job.  I can see how that might make Kirby a little nervous about taking Smith, if Georgia were where he wanted to go.

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Thursday morning buffet

A few nibbles here, a few there…

  • Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione admits the math isn’t there for Big 12 expansion.
  • Does somebody at Tennessee need to step up and commend Drae Bowles for coming forward?  (Note that is not the same question as will somebody at Tennessee step up.)
  • Ole Miss hasn’t sold out its ticket allotment for the opener against FSU.
  • Here’s you a handy summary of all the preseason mags.
  • Academics vs. the jocks at Cal-Berkeley, not a pretty story.
  • Buyer’s remorse at Auburn can come on very quickly, it seems.

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