A University of Georgia administrator testified in Atlanta federal court that the school has no formal policy of preferential treatment for student athletes, but she acknowledged that athletes have been given breaks on some occasions.
Virginia Trotter, university vice president for academic affairs, said she once "academically exited" nine varsity football players who were failing a remedial program, allowing them to play in the 1982 Sugar Bowl. "I felt they needed an opportunity to prove themselves as students," she said. "They had made great progress. I would give them that consideration again."
Trotter is one of two defendants in a suit filed by Jan Kemp, a former instructor claiming she was fired for protesting preferential treatment for athletes and other students . . .
NCAA officials notified Texas Tech that a football recruit cannot accept the $2,000 he won last weekend for making a shot from midcourt at halftime of the Tech-Texas A&M basketball game.
Jake Young, a senior football lineman at Midland Lee High School who is still shopping for a college, and several other football prospects took in the game Saturday. At halftime, Young discovered that the game program he had bought contained a lucky number, entitling him to compete in a halftime shooting contest sponsored by a bank.
"Under no circumstances," the NCAA said, "can a prospect, or any athlete on campus, accept money."