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Post Missed tutoring? Will that be cash or check?

Friday February 16, 2007

Georgia is getting some media attention this week for some new academic rules for student-athletes that include fines and loss of playing time for missing classes and tutoring sessions. Imagine the bill if you got fined $10 every time you blew off a class.

I have mixed feelings about these policies. I’m not pleased when we add another layer of oversight for coaches and administrators whether we’re talking about academics or disciplinary matters. (Why is the coach always compelled to do something if someone on his team has a suspended driver’s license?) Sure, it’s in the coach’s best interest to have his players eligible and out of trouble; it’s hard to play someone who’s in jail or not enrolled. Still, at some point they need to do their job instead of monitoring attendance at study hall.

On the other hand, if we are going to hold coaches and administrators responsible for the education and graduation of student-athletes, then I don’t blame them for introducing such policies.

I think this is one of those things that will go under the radar until a high-profile player misses a big game because of these rules.

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