Dozier was denied admission to Georgia. Obviously something fishy went on at Memphis.


(Commandment VIII - You shall not commit major recruiting violations, nor tamper with other franchises players.)

(Commandment VIII - You shall not commit major recruiting violations, nor tamper with other franchises players.)

The latest report on the Memphis SAT scandal comes from beautiful Athens Georgia, where Robert Dozier was denied admission to the University of Georgia because of questionable scores on the standardized test. Dozier eventually ended up playing for John Calipari at Memphis, helping the team to the Final Four. Calipari is now the head coach at Kentucky.

Dozier had verbally agreed to attending Memphis before scoring a 1,260 (out of 1,600) on the SAT. After that test, Dozier changed his commitment to Georgia. An anonymous letter to the NCAA clearinghouse called the score into question, at which time Georgia denied Dozier admission to the school. Dozier’s second take at the test notched him a score of 720, just 20 points above the cutoff for any type of eligibility in Division I sports.

Memphis will go in front of the NCAA committee on infractions on Saturday because of the accusation of Derrick Rose’s faulty SAT scores. The Dozier case will not be included in the hearing because it was not in the intial letter of inquiry.

Obviously, there are many holes in Memphis’ story and whether the accusations of falsified tests and faulty admission practices are true, there are problems with how schools not only go about recruiting possibly ineligible students, but also the systems in place that are supposed to prevent schools from committing these infractions. Every school has an office specifically to police itself, looking for possible infractions, but they are often inadequate. Whether the school does this on purpose (which I find unlikely) or whether they believe it is not cost efficient, the NCAA needs to step up and fix the broken system with new by-laws that prevent individuals at every school from being able to skirt the rules.

The purpose of athletics at schools are to raise revenues but the importance of a student first, athlete second is vital to keeping college athletics fair.

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