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Saturday · March 06 2004

"Rocks for Jocks" is the classic term for an easy non-major course. In 2001, Jim Harrick Jr. taught "Hoops for Moops" at the University of Georgia. Properly titled "Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball", this class stretched the cognitive abilities of the enrolled UGA basketball players.

Consider some of these questions on the exam (multiple choice answers in parentheses):

How many goals are on a basketball court?
(1, 2, 3, 4)

How many halves are in a college basketball game?
(1, 2, 3, 4)

How many points does a 3-point field goal account for in a basketball game?
(1, 2, 3, 4)

If you go on to become a huge coaching success, to whom will you tribute the credit?
(Mike Krzyzewski, Bobby Knight, John Wooden, Jim Harrick Jr.)

All students who took this exam, the only exam for the course, received an A.

The NCAA found the UGA men's basketball program to have committed academic fraud.

What you had to say:
March 06 2004

Harrick has no shame and never has. When this started to come out a year or so ago, he was interviewed by Dick Vitale and was absolutely indignant about the charges. Three strikes and yer out. UCLA, URI, Georgia, see ya. He will never coach again.

© 2004 Jason Keglovitz