Ga. Coach's Class Deemed Too Easy
By LORI JOHNSTON
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 4, 2004; 10:03 AM
ATHENS, Ga. - Talk about a slam dunk.
Most college students dream of getting a final exam with questions such as: How many points is a 3-pointer worth?
That was among the questions on basic basketball knowledge on the final exam - and only test - in Georgia assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr.'s Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball class in 2001.
The 20-question test and transcripts of interviews with some of the students in Harrick's class were among 1,500 pages of documents released Wednesday by the university in its response to the NCAA about rules violations in the basketball program.
The university agreed with the NCAA's findings, which included violations of academic fraud and improper benefits.
Harrick's father, Jim Sr., was suspended, then resigned as coach. The younger Harrick lost his job as an assistant, and the school kept the team out of the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments.
The NCAA concluded Harrick Jr. "fraudulently awarded grades of A to three men's basketball student-athletes" enrolled in the course he taught in 2001, allowing them to miss class and tests. Harrick Jr. also allegedly provided an extra benefit to student athletes by the manner in which he conducted the course, the NCAA found.
An attorney for the Harricks said Wednesday that Harrick Jr. would not comment. A federal lawsuit filed last week accuses university officials and others of defamation.
The names of Harrick's students who were interviewed were blacked out in the papers.
All the students in the class were given an A grade, according to the documents.
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