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Thursday, August 20th, 2009 at 4:04 pm  |  92 responses

NCAA: Derrick Rose Ineligible

by Ryne Nelson

The word sizzling around the ‘Net is ‘vacated.’ It’s used in almost every reference to the ’07-08 Memphis Tigers Final Four season, which apparently is now magically erased. It didn’t exist. Take out a flashy thingy and it’s gone. From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

The most explosive revelation in the report involves Derrick Rose, the former Tigers point guard who allegedly was admitted to Memphis on a fraudulent SAT exam and retroactively ruled ineligible by the NCAA. According to the report, Rose took the SAT on May 5, 2007 – just more than a month before enrolling in classes at Memphis – in Detroit, not in his hometown of Chicago. Rose had previously failed the ACT test three times, all of which were taken in Chicago.

The report states that the infractions committee “did not need to make a determination as to whether (Rose) engaged in unethical conduct” because the subsequent cancellation of his test score by the Educational Testing Service was a “strict liability” situation.

To paraphrase, Derrick Rose didn’t take his SAT — making him ineligible — but the NCAA Clearinghouse allowed Rose to play. Despite Memphis not having any knowledge of this, the NCAA held Memphis accountable, ‘vacating’ all 38 wins that season. No penalties going forward other than a three-year “heightened review” period, which means that next time, when a Memphis player doesn’t take the SAT, he might not play. Sheesh. This is how NCAA Committee on Infractions leader Paul Dee explained the penalties:

“The penalties in this case were determined by looking at where the blame lied in this situation. Having penalties going forward … is really the dilemma you have. Where should you focus the penalty? We decided to focus the penalty on the time the penalties occurred.”

To paraphrase, the NCAA would never drag John Calipari through the mud, and Derrick Rose… well, he’s Derrick Rose. Memphis finishes with a slap on the wrist. Teleconference done.

It gets funnier, though. This wasn’t the first time a Calipari-led team went to Final Four, only to be later nullified. The NCAA stripped the UMass Minutemen of their 1996 NCAA Tournament victories because Marcus Camby accepted money from agents while still a student-athlete. UMass was dominant with Calipari at the helm. The team played some spectacular basketball that fans will never forget.

The NCAA is essentially extending the same non-punishment again by nullifying Memphis’ achievements. It hasn’t learned that removing honors does nothing.

Nearly the entire Tiger team ‘vacated’ Memphis after finishing as the national runners-up and owners of the most wins in college history. Let’s see where the key perpetrators are now:

Star (Derrick Rose) — Free, rich, famous, superstar
Coach (John Calipari) — Big fat raise at storied program
Athletic Director (RC Johnson) — Gainfully employed

The winners continue their success and the NCAA follows them, brushing away the tracks with an invisible brush. Sorry, ‘vacating’ doesn’t work. As if we’ll really forget who won those games. That’s just funny.

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  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Sucks for Memphis. Cheaters never win. Unless you play baseball.

  • izzo

    It’s weird because I can still remember it….

  • mike

    no izzo it was just a dream

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Damn, not to be harsh… but failing the ACT three times?

  • jose

    This is nothing new, it just so happens Mempshis got caught. There is so much BS when it comes to recruiting in D1 sports it is not funny. I think a lot of blame needs to be placed on the people who passed Drose through high school all those years. A 17 on the ACT is not that hard. Also, the NCAA needs to get rid of this whole Student-athlete shtick for Major college sports. We also could have a setup like europe where you play pro when you are about 14 and the club pays for your education. Instead of this “amateuer NCAA” status crap. DRose just needs to be able to do simple arithmetic i.e. 2.5 million plus 5 million and so on. AGGHHHH! I hate the NCAA I am now off my soapbox

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I’m figuring the NCAA is gonna send Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith around the country with that mind-zapper thing. “What you saw was swamp gas, reflected off a weather balloon…”

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    55-55 expellable, Rose was nice so they made sure he was eligible//Pretty final, that year played the March finals…

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    You’re going to see more and more of this since the NBA is forcing guys with no business going to college into the NCAA.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    I’m with you Z.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    It figures he took (or didn’t take?) the test in question in Detroit.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    lol. I mentioned the Men in Black in the other post.

  • tit tat

    When i listen to a postgame int. with Rose i thought it was the interviewer’s questions that made him seem retarted. But now i know he was just a dumbass.

  • Pancho

    This is soooo gonna work against the NCAA as an entity itself. Look for A LOT MORE young kids from high school to pull off the Brandon Jennings-Jeremy Tyler trip to Europe.
    Get paid and ball all day or deal with this crap?
    No question.

  • CJK

    Yeah Z i know what you mean.. I love Derrick rose, he’s my fave player in the L, but seriously man, take time to learn. failing it once is bad enough.

  • Blue

    Great thing the NCAA caught this AFTER they made their money. Seriously, I would put more stock in their whole righteous “clean up” act if they did it during the season…

  • http://www.daytonastate.edu/athletics/ White Chocolate*DSC*

    If you knew your only had to go to college for one year then you get to get payed millions of dollars you wouldn’t care if you got good grades or passed a test. your more focused on making sure your handles and jumpshot are ready

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    It’s not like David Stern allowed for much choice in the matter, anyway. I’d consider this a bigger deal if Derrick Rose had the option of going straight to the NBA. I go to UK, and I know good and well that the athletes get a free ride academically — Calipari or no Calipari. I had class with Patrick Patterson my (our) freshman year, and virtually every class he would show up about 30 minutes late, hand the professor a sheet of paper, and leave. In all honesty, as long as he puts up 20 and 10 every night, I don’t care. He’s going to college to prep himself for *his* future, just as students striving for a degree in computer engineering are doing for themselves.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    What’s a memphis tiger?

  • la huey

    did someone just spell “retarded” incorrectly?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    This goes far deeper than the NCAA and how they deal with so-called student athletes. Without a whole treatise on public education in the U.S., this is an example of the low expectations of educators re: black male children. If they can play ball, push ‘em through. If they can’t, put them in special ed, look for reasons to suspend or expel or simply look the other way when they drop out. I don’t know what his family life is like, but his brother seemed to be the one to look out for him. Make sure the kid gets educated before you make a franchise out of him. Dam.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Its just sad because you have to be pretty stupid to fail the act 3 times. Its not good by any stretch to be stupid whether you’re an athlete or not. On the other hand I think the ncaa should really punish everyone and vacate itself from earth. That would really show us, please make this happen.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    btw, i don’t give a sh!t about the memphis wins being “vacated”. I care about the kids.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Co-sign Cheryl. Educate Ms. Lady.

  • Big D

    Don’t you get like a 15 just for spelling your name right? 17?? Wow, a person would have to really not pay attention starting at 7th grade to fall under 17 for 3 times in a row.

  • Shu

    So here’s a little curveball. When the bulls are announcing their starting line-up, they’ll say “from Florida… Joa-kim Noah!!!” “from urrrr… Simeon Academy near Chicago and not from Memphis anymore, Deeeeeeeeerrrrick Rooooooose!!!”????

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This really has come out as the “perfect crime” scenario for me. I was having a discussion with one of the guys at work about reconstructing the ‘perfect crime’, this could just about be it – Derrick Rose gets to play out a year of excellent basketball, setting himself up for millions of dollars for the rest of his life, the campus get the attention and accolades of being successful and still remain a powerhouse, verily untouched for the future. The coach at the time, remains in position (essentially being able to have his hands washed of the situation (again??)) as does the identity of the campus program. My question is this:
    Where are the markers for the SAT? Are they held accountable on any level? Did they receive some incentive to allow Derrick Rose to ‘pass’? Surely there is something brown in the waters of the windy city….somewhere. Moneymen & Gangsters still exist on some level, thats for sure.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Why is Rose holding up a “3″ on his fingers? Is that the score he would have gotten if he wrote the SAT himself?

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    more alleged gang signs probably.

  • B-more Mike

    You can’t win with Ricky Davis on your team!! He’s finished. Sorry for getting off topic.

  • B-more Mike

    Teddy the bear: I’m feeling you wit the Killa Cam.

  • kwal

    derrick rose is still sick. this won’t make me think differently about him at all.

  • HangTime Hec

    These test are donkey turd not for just Athletes but students period. And I could care less about how intelligent Derrick Rose is or was. It has nothing to do with how great of a basketball player. This type of shady stuff happens all the time, the only diffrence here is that he got caught.

  • http://nba Darrell

    Stallworth just killed a guy and Plaxico just got 2 years for shooting himself(thankfully nobody else).Its a alot more wrong in sports than this so called amature Org (ncaa) getting pimped by the athelete instead of the other way around. I bet they aint givin all that money he generated for them and the university through ticket sales,tv money, and jersey sells back.Plus you are not dumb just because you cant pass a certain test. I know plenty of people with good sense and business acumen that did not so good with standardized test.

  • Rnz

    Well, you know,I’ve always thought that D-Rose always had that look of a basketball playing machine…he is an incredible player, one of my current favorite..but away from basketball, dude aint really showing signs of intelligence

  • Bryan Crawford

    If you’re not from ‘The Chi’ then you couldn’t possibly understand what was at stake in the Derrick Rose situation. Two words…Ben Wilson. If you know that story then you’ll understand the reasoning behind the grade change and the ACT stand-in. D Rose HAD to make it, and people were going to make sure that he did…by any means necessary.

  • onions baby onions

    bryan, i understand all of that. i’m just amazed that you can actually fail the act THREE times. wow. are we even sure that he was not having high school exams taken for him?

  • http://www.manutd.com z

    yeah, 12:34a was me. slam is still having problems with this.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    “If you’re not from ‘The Chi’ then you couldn’t possibly understand what was at stake in the Derrick Rose situation. Two words…Ben Wilson. If you know that story then you’ll understand the reasoning behind the grade change and the ACT stand-in. D Rose HAD to make it, and people were going to make sure that he did…by any means necessary.”

    ^^^^

    Real Talk

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    lets hear it for KU and their record 37-3 season!!!!!!!

  • Enigmatic

    Bryan, I feel you on that whole Ben Wilson thing. I could care less what Derrick Rose did, and he may not be the smartest kid when it comes to non-basketball topics, but the fact of the matter is he’s a great basketball player and a great kid. Everybody wants to point the fingers at the athletes but never at the NCAA or the NBA. And what were you all doing at the age of 18, 19? I was out defending my country as a US Marine, that’s what I wanted to do. Rose wanted to play in the NBA, but was forced to go to college. Don’t quite seem fair to me….

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigo.gonzalez1 Enigmatic

    LOL @ Tarzan and KU.

  • underdog

    Way to go NCAA, ever heard the word ‘prevention’?

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    well they should have let him go to the NBA out of HS.
    oh well who cares. DRose is still awesome.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Why are you all being so naïve. “The ACT” yada yada . . . . Neither the NCAA nor professional sports give a crap about their employees well being, education, business acumen, financial stability…. They only care about physical performance. Anyone who says or thinks otherwise must not live too much of their life on planet earth. Pro clubs in Europe take kids under their wing at ages like 13 and they split their time between hard core training and real world education. Maybe they won’t be so strong in geometry or the like but they get education that will help them as their careers progress (finances) and beyond. See it’s tailored for a future pro athlete NOT a potential future ACT/SAT genius. Unrealistic and incompatible expectations will mean that this type of scenario repeats itself as nauseam in the future.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    “ad” nauseam

  • Son of Shawn

    “To paraphrase, Derrick Rose didn’t take his SAT — making him ineligible — but the NCAA Clearinghouse allowed Rose to play. Despite Memphis not having any knowledge of this…”

    That´s great, the NCAA infringing it´s self-imposed rules, but hey, these rules are great when you want to get rid of UNLV Runnin´ Rebels, or erase the Fab Five legacy.

  • ab_40

    havn’t seen dumb ish like this since a belgian coach in the leauge there forfeited his teams no.2 position in the playofffs becasue they didn’t take all his orders haha.

    but hey this is a dumb move, it makes no sense.

    just like removing the fab 5 out of michigan like they never existed. there is a word for these kind of actions and it is… ignant

  • http://www.manutd.com z

    cut the BS, guys. unrealistic expectations, blaming the ncaa blablabla. derrick rose (and countless other athletes) has problems with basic reading and writing skills. that’s a problem. it worked out great for him because he’s very very talented but what about the kids that will go down the exact same but won’t make it? what is lenny cooke up to these days? As of November 2008, Lenny Cooke works at the Food Lion Distribution Center in Prince George, Va as an order selector. where is pierre pierce?

  • Ryan D

    NCAA Clearinghouse is a joke and if people really wanted to dig deep they can find shady practices by practically every every program in the country.

  • http://dsjklf.com Jukai

    Z is correct.

  • bingo

    @ shu – not to kill your gag, but drose as always been introduced as “from chicago” at the united center. always, as in since day one on the bulls that is…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Co-sign Jukai about Z.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    How about just learning how to f***ing read and write? Actually, I believe that Derrick Rose is very smart and did extremely well on all 3 of HIS actual ACT attempts, but he just spelled his name wrong, cause you get like 15 points for that alone. Had to be the name that got him

  • Joe

    I’m so glad Kansas won it fair and square. I’m glad Memphis lost in the finals and we don’t have to have a championship vacated, too.

  • izzo

    Nobody won fair and square, they just haven’t been caught yet.

  • Hussman25

    The NC Double A**holes could care less bout these kids… Truly! They Make millions from them, don’t allow them jobs and if someone show’s them some love w/ a little “funding” then they become expendable. Derrick, OJ, Brandon Jennings, etc… kids w/ their mindset already on the league should either have the option to enter the draft or if they commit to school they are bounded for 2 yrs tops (No more release from commitment (Unless medically or family reason purposes which they already do, But needs to be more definitave!)

  • Rebecca

    Gee thanks, Derrick! Your quest for NBA glory and $$$ has made a laughingstock of Memphis. I hope you remember how well you were treated here and how the city came together. You used us and tossed us aside; just wanted to get that “one and done” over with. You left us in your wake. I don’t know how you sleep at night. It doesn’t matter “that everybody cheats”. Wrong is WRONG!!

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    @Z: so you want to make a guy with bad reading and writing skills to go to college where he’s gonna leave after a year anyway? isn’t college supposed to be an institute of higher learning? people who can’t read or write have no business there. The problem you mentioned has nothing to do with the issue of Rose’s cheating on the test. It has to do with much deeper rooted faults and problems in the way American schools work and the way athletes get a pass for bad academics. You can’t punish an athlete who gets a bye for his whole high school curriculum for failing an acceptance test for college. A place he doesn’t want to go to in the first place!

  • Matthew

    Did Kansas win it fair and square??? http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3399372

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Agree with Jeff Fox. Not sure if what Freedom Fries says about Euroleague educations for their junior players is true, but at least they don’t hold pretenses over there. Seriously, they need to just develop sports majors over at these schools. Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Reggie Bush, these guys were all going to their respective pro leagues. Why lie to us and say they’re communications or business or creative writing or whatever majors? It’s just insulting to students who actually are in those majors and truly attending classes to get their degrees. Give them a Basketball major or a Football major. That is clearly what they’re in your school for. You might even have more control over their futures that way. Derrick Rose, passes his one year of Basketball with a 4.0. Shawn Taggart, might want to consider switching majors because you’re getting an F in Basketball. Of course, that’s unrealistic, too. Because if even an athlete is “getting a D” in basketball and has no chance at a pro career, the school would keep him on the team if it continued to help the school team win. NCAA: Where Slavery Still Happens.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    To All
    The SAT and ACT are graded on a sliding scale for student athletes. The test score needed to make you eligible depends on what your GPA is.
    For example, if you have a 3.5 or higher GPA, you might be only required to get the minimum 17 on the ACT. However, the lower your GPA drops, the higher the test score you need. So, if Rose had a 2.5 GPA, he might have needed a 20 or 22 on the ACT.
    So, saying Rose failed the test means he didn’t get the minimum score necessary to play ball. It doens’t mean he actually failed the test.
    Also, every time you take the ACT your score is counted against you the next time you take the test. So, it becomes increasingly difficult to get a higher score when you take the test multiple times.
    No, Cheryl’s point is still incredibly valid, and that’s the real issue here, however, I wanted to shed some light on the process for those of you unaware.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    My bad, I meant to say that I think the point made by Cheryl and Z is vqlid.
    These kids are being failed because they are being pushed to believe that basketball is a viable option for their lives. Hell, SLAM recently posted an article talking about “selling the dream” and how that actually benefits kids.
    In my opinion that’s a farce. These kids are not receiving proper educations. The sad thing is, it’s not just student athletes, it’s children period. In my city, the public education system is dismal. I encounter kids who are at the top of their classes who still have problems reading. Schools have become warehouses in many urban communities. And then people wonder why folks don’t have jobs and they are committing crimes.

  • Joe

    @Matthew: Did you even read the article? Or did you just try to find some dirt as fast as you could? “This is something that happened in high school,” Kansas associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said. “Everything that is discussed right now is speculation. I know the media and fans like to speculate, but that’s not something we participate in.” Nothing ever came about from this.

  • Remo Williams

    he might not be the brightest nba player… but he’s a great talent. he made THE WRONG decision, his record was stripped, lets move on. as long as the ncaa is cathching this, we can sleep easy.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    who cares.
    he was gonna make it to the league either way.
    ncaa sucks.

  • Tommy Patron

    @rebecca–Memphis is a school that hired John Calipari to run it’s program, but you are assigning blame to a kid who was probably 18 when this happened? Just reading the quote from the NCAA official on the “vacation” they are giving Memphis as a result of their investigation lets you know it’s all about big business, not the individual students/athletes.

  • HangTime Hec

    Do some of you understand that there are people in this planet that arent good test takers? Its dosnt mean that he is stupid! Seriously, some people study there butt off and pay good money to pass this test and STILL fail. God the comments on this subject really annoy me.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    how can you “fail” ACT three times?? play wit it.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “BETCATS Posted: Aug.21 at 10:10 am
    How about just learning how to f***ing read and write? Actually, I believe that Derrick Rose is very smart and did extremely well on all 3 of HIS actual ACT attempts, but he just spelled his name wrong, cause you get like 15 points for that alone. Had to be the name that got him” I DID NOT WRITE THIS!!! IMPOSTER!!!

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    Definitely karma. A lie will always get exposed. I hate to say it but they deserved it.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    My name is BETCATS and I a wack as hell

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    …I also AM wack as hell

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    or I is be wack as hell, depending on your desired use of the English language.

  • la huey

    Anyone know if kids on academic scholarships can get jobs as tutors on or off-campus during their time at the college.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Allenp: Not to mention Obama’s new plans of basing Teacher’s salaries on their students’ test performances.
    Or how the government plans to base funding for schools on academic performance (ie student test results).
    That’s complete bull and solves absolutely nothing. We all know what this actually means: Preppy, rich high schools with already spotless academic records are going to get more funding, while underfunded and inadequately-maintained inner-city schools with poor academic records are going to lose a lot of their already non-existent funding. And the teachers of these inner-city schools are going to be scapegoats and suffer financially, and without a decent salary they are going to lose incentive to even continue teaching. And then the kids suffer for it.
    Or, the inner-city teachers are going to JUST teach the assessment tests and improve their school’s so-called “academic performance”, without ACTUALLY teaching the kids anything substantial in their subjects. But wait, the teachers get a pay raise so who cares if the kids are really learning, right?
    Once again, most inner-city kids are screwed either way. Just like they always have been.
    Boy, you really have to love the American education system!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    *Sarcasm*

  • Harrell

    Derrick is Sooo dumb yet sooo cold.

  • Maya

    I thinkfor me the NCAA don’t care because they still are makin’ money off of ticket sales and Derrick should have taken the test because it’s just a simple test and the NCAA don’t care about the Education nor the Athletes,they only care about an athlete’s preformance,commercial,merchandise advietisements that make money and that’s it

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    teddy, thats par for the course with the fed govt. did you see season 4 of “the wire”?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    billions for wall street, billions for wars, billions for other countries. nothing for kids education in our country. the govt doesnt want smart kids. they want to keep the people ignorant. they dont want educated informed people, they want obedient workers.

  • http://accountability20.blogspot.com Tree

    How NFL Player George Wrighster feels about his TIGERS!!! http://tightend.blogspot.com/2009/08/taking-back-wins-child-please.html

  • slamfan4life

    Who cares? I mean who wouldn’t have done the same thing if they really had too, if anything Rose outsmarted (yes i said it) the tigers; and im happy he’s a bull

    Man the NCAA stupid, by stripping that season it didnt hurt the players as much as it hurt the fans that were with the team 100% of the way; and that is just wrong

  • tm

    @tarzan its been a proven fact that the worst enemy of any government is an educated populace. the more people that have a higher education, the more unstable the government becomes. the majority of revolutions occur when the education level in the majority of citizens reaches great height. though to say that they have no options is just ridiculous there are things like libraries and just because your teacher sucks or your school system sucks you can still learn if the desire is there. the problem is the thought that they are entitled to achieve certain things, most schools just pass people so that there will not be a kid that is 18 in grade 3 even though thats exactly where some of them should be, yes the system is flawed but for those who still desire to become educated there are options.

  • joshua cassidy

    who’s cares if he failed the sat or wat ever …u tough at ball …who care’s about act or sat score’s …

  • Matthew

    @Joe. I’m pretty sure you take the ACT while you are in high school too. And nothing ever came about Corey Maggette takin’ a little bread back when he was in high school and he admitted to it!!! The NCAA has a hard on for Cal and will try to bust him any chance they get. Duke or Kansas? Never been on probation, squeaky clean programs, NCAA’s pride and joy. JMHO.

  • Matthew

    Oh, and tell me one coach two years ago that would not have taken Derrick Rose on their team.

  • kevin k

    why is OJ Mayo even mentioned in the topics. that foo got like a 24 or/and was placed top 95% scoring in his ACT.

    Derrick Rose is a good kid, great basketball player, but an idiot. Leave him alone. Him making it to the league will help the people in the inner-city chicago more than most other buffoons with their PHDs.

  • http://erica@boldazmedia.com erica dacosta

    iam with cheryl on that get your education because ur going to need that your passport for ur future we always telling kids in school do your work

  • St8r_Boi_In_MN

    Further proof that the one-and-done rule should be abolished by the NBA. Rose had no interest or business in going to college (and apparently no brain if he failed tha ACT 3 times). He was forced to go by a retarded NBA rule that should be recinded. College is for kids who want an education – if you are good enough to go to the NBA out of high school, then go.

  • Stew

    Ok but did the NCAA cleared him to play?? Make you want to say mmmmmmm?????? Lol About those test, You can be a good student and don’t test well so this Act crap that what it Crap!!!!

  • Curri

    My take on this is that the NCAA are a bunch of liars who APPEARANTLY were after this kid for his money, i mean why else would they go after him in particular? Was it was because he was predicted to make a said amount of money that the NCAA could possibly sue him for? Or because he would gain said fame that the NCAA wanted? I am under the impression that the kid is smart, because if he did do this, how could he thik of it w/out a single working brain cell? Also, if he didn’t take the SAT then how could he get into college? If he never did that year of college (erased by the NCAA) then how could he be in the NBA? Did he technically get drafted out of highschool? The new regulation is that you must be 19 and have — experience after highschool. Now if I’m only 13 and can see the flaws in this arguement, then there is something wrong with the common sense of americans these days

  • josh

    One does not FAIL an ACT test. These tests are not pass or fail, you are given a score.
    Going to college for a year is senseless rule that this athlete had to get through.
    He is young and while not a dynamic speaker, he does not come across as dumb. Shy and soft spoken, yes.

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