March 11, 2004

Gotta Have It

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Perhaps you can imagine what it would be like to be an athlete at a premier Division I school. Probably a little bit of a stretch, but I think your brain can handle it. Next, I want you to imagine that your beloved University’s academic system is constructed so that its athletic programs are far more vaunted that its academic ones. Okay, even bigger of a stretch for a Cornellian. If you happened to have found yourself attending the University of Georgia back in 2001, you may have decided to enroll in Jim Harrick, Jr.’s “Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball” class (I’ve heard of easy classes, but this one already sounds like a total no-brainer, pun intended). To successfully pass the course, you may have been require to answer multiple choice questions like “How many halves are in a college basketball game?” and “If you go on to become a huge coaching success, to whom will you tribute the credit?” Sadly, due to extenuating circumstances (Harrick, Jr. was fired and the University cited for academic fraud