"The academic part, it's like you have to try to fail."

By Ramzy Nasrallah on June 19, 2013 at 9:03a

It's another edition of "high school kids shine a light on the eligibility squadron employed by football programs to keep players from flunking out."

Back in 2011 it was Adolphus Washington suggesting that Ohio State's academic support system makes failure impossible:

The academic support at Ohio State, there is no way you can fail. Even if you're giving minimal effort there is no way you can fail.

Now it's highly-regarded DE prospect Arden Key, who anticipates that the academic comforts of South Carolina will be equally charming. In addition to extolling the virtues of South Carolina's failure-proof curricula:

"The only way I decommit is a change in the coaching staff or some other school says something really crazy."

Carolina fans can relax. Neither of those things ever happen.


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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

We all know student athletes have far more built in advantages than the regular student body in terms of individual tutoring, etc.  We also know that professors and teaching assistants are human.  We also know that a D- isn't newsworthy but an F explodes all over the internet if it results in ineligibility.  Anyone who thinks football players at high profile universities aren't treated differently (even at tOSU) is fooling himself.

Yeti's have feelings too.

Maestro's picture

I actually agree with him.  Just show up, do the work, you will pass.

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sb97's picture

I feel the same way about Arden Key's statement as I did about Diesel's.  They are both being taken massively out of context.  I feel like in both cases the players were talking about how much academic support is available for football players. 

brandonbauer87's picture

I once over heard a conversation between Jon Diebler and his tutor. He was stressing about passing an upcoming test and was trying to study. The tutor told him not to worry. She had all the answers. Apparently the tutor had just taken the same course last quarter. 
So yea, there are built-in advantages everywhere. 

FloridaBuck's picture

^^ Can we delete this comment before the NCAA shows up and starts asking questions? lol

SaltyD0gg's picture

The NCAA doesn't care. Just ask North Carolina.

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brandonbauer87's picture

I wasn't trying to imply that he was cheating. I guess I should have phrased it differently. The tutor didn't give him the answers, she just meant that if she thinks he knows the answers then he does. In other words he was freaking and she knew that he knew enough. I'm pretty sure she didn't just hand him the completed test. 

TMac's picture

There is certainly a course laid out for any athlete to make it through, but the opportunity also exists for any of them to really take advantage of the opportunity and excel (Hoying/Krenzel/Lanese to name a few)

ONE Not Done!

gravey's picture

Hardly any different than fraternities or even some dorms that kept test files. 

LexingtonBuckeye's picture

My fraternity had a massive test file bank for nearly every course you could take in any major. The only time you couldn't find a test or at least something similar would be for a new teacher or new classes.

painterlad's picture

Let's just hope someone on the staff doesn't go all Bluto and get the wrong test from the dumpster.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.