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.”
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.