Grade A Certified


Posted by J. Tinsley on June 5, 2009

For decades the myth surrounding student athletes and their “academic practices” has always been a sore subject for college athletics. We all knew the star point guard or receiver or third baseman who didn’t come to class, but still managed to garner a B in the class. It’s just one of the situations that went on, but was never spoken about. The unwritten rule of the everyday student.

Every year seemingly a new university is caught up in violations leaving a black eye on the image of the institution and bans that take away scholarships and postseason eligibility.  Apparently, John Calipari and the University of Memphis were running an operation reminiscent of one of the greatest basketball movies of all time.

With allegations of Bulls Rookie of the Year and former Memphis freshman standout, Derrick Rose, cheating on his SAT test (by having someone take it for him) while in high school, another blow to the Tigers just hit the airwaves.

Former University of Memphis forward Robert Dozier’s initial SAT scores were invalidated by the company that scores the exam, and when he took the test a second time, he scored 540 points lower, has learned through an open records request.

In addition, a faculty member at his high school in suburban Atlanta wrote an anonymous letter to the NCAA Clearinghouse questioning his score on the admissions test, records obtained from the University of Georgia show.

That prompted Georgia to deny Dozier admission. He ended up at Memphis, where he helped lead the Tigers to the 2008 NCAA Final Four.

As a person whose SAT score was less than desirable, I can relate to the frustration this one test can cause during the latter stages of one’s high school career. However, the red flag was his C-minus GPA. Personally, I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but then again I’m not apart of a NCAA sanctioning board either.

Dozier later reneged on his commitment to Memphis, and signed a national letter of intent with Georgia in March 2004. But Georgia admission officials were immediately alarmed by Dozier’s high SAT score, which they claimed didn’t correlate with his below-average academic performance at Lithonia (Ga.) High School or his previous scores on the PSAT, a preparatory exam for the SAT.

In its report to UGA president Michael Adams, the school’s faculty admissions review committee, which evaluates the admission applications of prospective student-athletes, recommended a “strong deny” in Dozier’s case.

“Of greatest concern is the gross inconsistency in his testing record,” the committee wrote in its report. “His [SAT verbal score of 590] would place him in the 76th percentile nationally, while his [SAT math score of 670] places him in the 89th percentile. This raises a serious red flag, since his PSAT from October 2000 places him in the 4th percentile nationally in both areas. Such a remarkable improvement in testing abilities in the span of nine months is highly improbable, particularly for a student with a C-minus record in average college prep courses in high school.”

ETS (Educational Training Services) officials offered Dozier a chance to validate his earlier scores by taking the SAT again. Dozier took the test in July 2004 and scored 720 — 540 points lower than his earlier score.

You’ve got to love the American educational system…flaws and all. Without placing judgment on Dozier (because I don’t know him or his situation), this is one of those cases where karma plays the leading role. Sabatoging a test score by 540 isn’t cheating, just down right foolish. Eighty points would have been fine, but over a half a G, now you’re just getting carried away.

Robert Dozier of Memphis Tigers had SAT test invalidated

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