Coach gave every student an A

3/4/2004 - Georgia Bulldogs

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

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

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.