Kevin Butler will reprise his role as an undergraduate student assistant coaching kickers this year.
Yes, he’s still an undergrad after all these years.
“Oh, absolutely. That’s the plan,” Smart said when asked by a fan if Butler would remain on the coaching staff. “As long as Kevin Butler’s in school, he will be an assistant. Hopefully we can get a deferred diploma plan where we just keep deferring him and deferring him and deferring him. We’re very thankful that he didn’t finish up when he was here.”
Butler, 55, was a two-time All-American and four-time All-SEC place-kicker for the Bulldogs from 1981-84, but did not finish his undergraduate work before being drafted by the Chicago Bears and embarking on an 11-year NFL career. After football, he entered into a successful business career. His son, Drew Butler, punted for Georgia and now plays in the NFL.
Butler said he will graduate with a degree in economics at the end of the fall semester.
By then, maybe the NCAA will allow coaching staffs to add another assistant.
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…