His new rule is this: If you miss five classes (unexcused), you miss one game. Wow, that’s telling ‘em, Jim!
FIVE classes missed before any action is taken? Are you kidding me? It’s no wonder the Tampa Tribune recently posted this nugget of wisdom: The University of South Florida’s football program had the nation’s worst Academic Progress Report (APR) among BCS conference schools, while the men’s basketball program had the nation’s third-worst score, according to the most recent figures released by the NCAA.
Amazing, considering that there are 120 Division I football teams and more than 300 basketball teams.
I get that athletics is a big deal at many schools; however, first and foremost universities are institutes of higher learning. At least, they’re supposed to be.
So yes, Jim Leavitt is sending them a message. The message is that as long as you remain eligible to play and you win – no matter what happens otherwise – you don’t need to strive for academic perfection.
Judging by the stats above, the message has been received loud and clear by Leavitt’s team.