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Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:18 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 9:28 am
Conflicting grades on Eric Bledsoe's high school transcript and a night-school grade report from Parker High in Alabama have called into question whether the former Kentucky standout should've been eligible to play for the Wildcats last season, Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News reported Tuesday.

According to the report, Bledsoe's four-year transcript shows he made an A in Algebra 3 in night school as a senior by receiving a 90 during each of the two sessions, but an actual grade report from those two sessions obtained by the paper shows Bledsoe with what should've been a C average. Bledsoe "barely qualified" for initial eligibility thanks to the A he received in Algebra 3, the paper reported. If not for that grade, the paper said, the one-and-done guard would've been ineligible at Kentucky and thus unable to start in the backcourt beside fellow first-round pick John Wall.

Bledsoe helped UK win 35 games last season.

He's now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:06 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

I'm not agreeing that the teacher did a good thing by giving him his grades, if thats what happened.  I'm wondering if he/she realized that maybe some other student/athlete WHO DID NOT CHEAT OR RECEIVE GRADES THAT WASN'T DESERVED was denied the chance to go to college. Afterall there are just so many scholarships available.  Does it pay to cheat, thats the question?
Its very obvious that a lot of athletes have been given their grades if you notice how many that does not  pass their entrance exams to college.

When there is so much  cheating and athletes not cooperating with the NCAA its almost impossible to screen the athletes. I think the student and high school teachers who get involved this way are the ones who should be penalized. Not the colleges or athletes already on team.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:14 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

Only UK fans supported the move to Calipari.  They will say "how was Cal supposed to know?" 

He is a joke to the entire world of college sports.

Derrick Rose......Same stuff.  One and done and should have not been eligible.  The kid can't hardly talk.  And that is not being mean.  That is the truth. 

He hosed Umass before that.

Now this.........Another inelgible player going one and done.  Bledsoe receiving an A in anything should have been questioned.  He has well below average grades in everything and then gets an A in Algebra.  Wow.......I'm not sure he could even spell Algebra, let alone do the math.

Well, Kentucky fans.....Good luck with getting any more players there.  They will most likely lose scholarships and post season activity because of this.

Wonder what athletic department is going to hire that scumbag next.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:09 am

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

I'm pretty sure that Ol' Ricky Pitino was paying his players.  I saw Roderick Rhodes driving a brand new suv on campus.  So your boy isn't any better.  Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:13 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

TrueBlue, I didn't see the ESPN clip you refer to, but I would like to know the answer also.

As for the legal challenge of the NCAA, I don't think it could really go anywhere.  The NCAA is just an association created by the member institutions, and membership is by choice.  The courts don't really have any authority in such cases - or if they do, they don't seem inclined to open that can of worms.

Reform would be a good thing.  If UK is forced to vacate games, I would have to agree that it really is unfair.  The NCAA cleared Bledsoe, and even though I disagree with Calipari going after such a marginal student, I don't see how it's right to go back and "unclear" someone after the fact.  Same with Memphis.  Just my opinion, but Calipari's whole program there was shady.  My opinion doesn't count for anything, but the NCAA's opinion is everything.  They don't have to prove anything to slam someone, do they?

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:57 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

I didn't realize Pitino ever said he regretted leaving Kentucky, but that makes me think a little better of him.  I always wondered why someone in his position would leave Kentucky for the NBA.  Same with Coach K - he has one of the best jobs in all of sports, and that isn't necessarily true of NBA coaches.  Granted, the money is probably even better, but coaching at Kentucky or Duke pays pretty well.  When is enough money enough?

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:28 pm
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Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

Memphis appealed the "verdict" and lost the appeal.  I believe they set a serious precedent with that ruling.  Memphis was not found at fault, but since Rose was now considered ineligible, Memphis had to forfeit the season.  They take the banner down and the season "never happened."  
I guess when there are real questions regarding a recruit, which was certainly the case with Bledsoe and Rose, I suppose the NCAA is saying that if you take a chance, there may be consequences.  Calipari will take chances on questionable players to field the best team he can.  He skirts the rules with the absolute best of them.  I'm sure if the NCAA really did it's homework, they'd find many others as well.  It was a popular rumor that Robert Dozier had serious academic problems, but somehow got cleared.  It really takes someone to go way out of their way to bring up these charges.  I can't remember who brought up the Derrick Rose situation, but if I remember correctly, it was a former teacher.  It sounds like Bledsoe is suffering a similar fate.
I heard Bledsoe speak to the media.  Honestly, he sounded like he had about a third grade education.  I actually felt sorry for him.  He has been allowed to get through school based on his basketball skills.  Luckily, he is one of the very few that make it to the NBA.  Also, it appears he took Algebra 3 before Algebra 2.  Does that seem a little fishy?  Does he seem like an A student in Algebra 3?  
Anyway, I believe if the allegations prove true and that Bledsoe did not make an A, Kentucky will forfeit the season due to "strict liability".  That would be Calipari's third vacated season.  Do we have a pattern here?  I believe he is part of the real problem with NCAA basketball.  While he may be given another pass by the NCAA, can you actually believe he isn't dirty?  Three vacated seasons at three schools...  Wow..

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:47 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

Tiger fans,

  I agree the NCAA will do whatever in the heck they want to and did so in my opinion in the Memphis case.  Not sure why Memphis didn't pursue a legal path here if they were totally in the clear, which I believe they were.  Any insight from the Tigers on that question?

Anyone else,

  Another question I had, I was watching a YouTube clip with an ESPN Outside The Lines topic on the UK Bledsoe and Kanter situations.  One question which was asked at the end of the clip was which schools did not pursue Eric Bledsoe?  I didn't get to hear the answer.  Does anyone have any insight to the response from that.


Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:56 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

Actually Memphis didn't sit Rose because when the NCAA informed them about the possible violation, they told the University it was with his ACT score (not the SAT) which Memphis promptly investigated and found no wrong doing. (Wikipedia had it wrong..... big surprise)  Moot point however, because CALIPARI talked the athletic department into paying for travel and hotel accomodations for Reggie Rose.  Which the athletic department jumped on the grenade for (hoping in doing so Cal wouldn't bounce to a better school) thus allowing Calipari to escape the NCAA unscathed.  We're just glad to be done with the constant drama.  It's your fun now.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:37 pm

Report: Bledsoe's record has conflicting grades

Well, don't get your hopes up about the NCAA doing a competent job investigating or (if there are charges) proving there charges sufficiently.  But then again, we Memphians know the process all to well.  Even if there are holes in their case, they'll still be right despite appeals, so prepare to vacate.  Funny I just got Deja Vu....... oh wait, this is the exact same thing one of my friends who's a UMASS fan told me a year ago.  But Calipari couldn't have had any knowledge of it.  He's been innocent all 3 times.

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