Academic woes still creeping around

wells_lib.jpgBoth Hoosier Nation and the USA Today threw down stories yesterday about IU’s academic woes. We all know the gist by now: first semester the basketball team rocked it out in the classroom — if you want to call a 2.89 cumulative GPA good, that is — but second semester was sort of brutal. Perhaps it had some to do with the Kelvin Sampson debacle, perhaps the kids just got lazy. Whatever the reasons may be, Tom Crean has indicated that a good lot of players are fighting an uphill battle at the end of the semester here to get their grades in line.

So what does this poor academic standing mean for the team at large? Perhaps a scholarship loss.

If Indiana fails to meet the NCAA’s cutoff score, 925, it faces the prospect of losing more scholarships. The school already stripped itself of one next season because of Kelvin Sampson’s alleged phone call violations, and The Indianapolis Star reported the men’s basketball team is expected to turn in a score of 899 next month.

Neither Crean nor team spokesman J.D. Campbell would confirm that number Tuesday.

NCAA rules say any team below 925 could lose a scholarship for each player who leaves the school while academically ineligible. The maximum penalty in men’s basketball is two scholarships.

Crean declined to identify specific players who were struggling in the classroom because of privacy laws, but acknowledged he is concerned about the Hoosiers’ academic performance as a whole. Plus, he still has not decided whether to reinstate starting guards Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis, who were dismissed from the team just hours before Crean took the job April 1.

So basically here’s the deal: if Armon Bassett or Jamarcus Ellis or anyone else ends up leaving IU — and they also happen to be academically ineligible — IU could very well lose another scholarship. Hoosier Nation reported that Ellis was one of the seven players on the team that had a GPA above 3.0 first semester, so if he happened to leave, a betting man would say he might be leaving in good (enough) academic standing.

This certainly isn’t the worst thing to befall the program in recent months, but it’s a bit unsettling nonetheless. Crean has a stellar graduation rate and a strong focus on grades; hopefully this is the last time we have to deal with something like this under his tenure.

  • JerryCT

    I guess I donot understand the following situations:

    1. Player gets kicked off team, does he lose scholarship at that point and therefore if later becomes academic inelgible we escape the loss of scholarships ?

    2. DO grades of kicked off players count toward 925 or left out ?

    3. What if its Stemler, Gordon, White no making grades with no eligibility do they count ?

    As WC Fields reportedly said when asked why he was reading the bible so late in life ……………… ,” just looking for loopholes , just looking for loopholes”

  • http://www.cannotfalter.com tacojohn

    You get a point for retention/graduation and a point for eligibility.

    1. If you kick a player off the team, they normally retain their scholarships until the end of the year. Then you can easily use the scholarship for someone else. If that player is academically ineligible, there is a chance you will lose the ability to transfer that scholarship.

    2. I'm not positive, but I would be shocked if the grades of players who were dismissed from the team didn't count. Think about that for a second. No coach should be able to get around having a bunch of academic risks by kicking them off the team.

    3. Stemler and DJ will likely both give 1 point for retention/graduating (assuming they do) and 1 point if they make their grades. Gordon will cause us to lose 1 point for not retaining him, but if he makes his grades, we'll get 1 point, and he will not be one of the players who causes us to lose a scholarship for leaving while academically ineligible.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Off topic, but nice avatar John.

  • MikeinNC

    Regardless of the myriad of current problems, one thing that continues to be refreshing is the fact that Crean is an absolutely great fit for Indiana. He gets it.

  • xxBHxx

    Best avatar ever, hands down.

  • xxBHxx

    Best avatar ever, hands down.

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