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Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:24 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 8:51 am
The curious case of Eric Bledsoe appears to be closed now that the Birmingham Board of Education has ruled that Kentucky's third-best one-and-done product from last season won't have his transcript retroactively altered despite the fact than an independent and reputable law firm hired to investigate the matter found no credible reason for Bledsoe's grade in Algebra III to have ever been changed from a C to an A.

And so Kentucky fans are celebrating.


Nevermind that the law firm discovered that 10 of Bledsoe's scores in the first term were "conspicuously changed," that seven of Bledsoe's 10 scores in the second term were "conspicuously changed," and that the teacher in question changed Bledsoe's grades "more frequently than those of any other students in his class." The Board of Education still ruled that Bledsoe's transcript will remain intact because the firm could prove no wrongdoing.

Which begs the question: Really?

I mean, isn't a grade being changed for no credible reason in and of itself proof of wrongdoing?

Think of it in Walmart terms.

Let's say a guy named Larry works in the Wii section, and he changes the price of Mario Kart from $39.99 to $9.99. Then some manager notices the change and asks Larry to explain. So Larry does, and the manager concludes Larry's reasons for changing the price are not credible.

Now imagine Larry getting off because it's subsequently decided that the manager can't "prove" wrongdoing.

Does that make any sense?

Again, isn't the wrongdoing obvious -- that a price was changed for no credible reason?

I'm not sure why lowering a price without a credible reason wouldn't be proof of wrongdoing in that situation just like I'm not sure why raising a grade point average without a credible reason isn't proof of wrongdoing in this situation, but whatever. Like I said up top, this case is now closed. But that doesn't make it any simpler to understand, and it sure as hell isn't something to be celebrated.
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Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:36 pm

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

The problem I see with most of the "haters" is that they are always looking for the slimest reason to come down on Calipari and UK.  Even the "lawyers" that did the investigation are showing their ignorance with the "no credible reason" comment.

They came up with that because, even though the teacher testified that the work was done by EB, he did not have evidence of the work.  Well duh!  The teachers I know say when work such as this and normal work is completed, the work is graded and GIVEN BACK TO THE STUDENT.  The teachers very rarely keeps a copy.  They just record the grade for the work.  When work is turned in late there is usually something in the gradebook that shows the work was not initially done.  If the teacher allows it to be made up the only place to record the new grade is over the top of the initial mark. 

If any of you think this is suspicious or cheating, there is nothing that will ever convince you otherwise.  I don't know whether the work was done or not.  Everyone that should know has said it was and there is absolutely no evidence, not even a whisper, that it wasn't.

Parrish needs to improve his comprehension skills.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:53 am

Should UK or any other school audit high schools?

I think the article misses the point.  Schools should not have to determine what goes in within the school systems and therefore should not be held liable.  Otherswise. I would invite the NCAA to audit school systems all over the country and restrict recruiting from cities or counties where the school system is not up to par.

I don't know whether Eric got his grades fairly or unfairy or not nor do I care.  When an employer hires a person, he verifies his school official school records.  You don't see many investigating whether he took this class before that class or why the teacher decided to change a certain garde.

How about an opinion on this matter, Gary?

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:51 pm

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

Years it took Cal to recruit a cheating player at Kentucky: One.

Years it will take before he gets slammed for it:  We shall see.  My money is on less than five, if it only took one friggin season to have this situation.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 3:16 pm

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

 However everything at UK is under a microscope

No, I would disagree. Everything at Cal is under the microscope. UK and UK fans knew this would be coming when they hired Cal. Some of the hatred is warranted and some of it isn't, but don't pretend to be surprised that you have to defend him so much.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:53 pm

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

that has Cal's back.  sorry

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:51 pm

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

I agree goofball...........I mean tville. I have always viewed Parrish as sort of a Cal groupie. Usually, 90 percent of his articles and columns concerning Cal are positive. I am somewhat surprised at the amount of hate he is receiving for this column because generally speaking, he is one of the few writers that Cal's back.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:18 am

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

First of all, I don't think that GP is a UK nor Cal hater, and he's usually accused of being a Cal cheerleader.  (probably not a UK fan, though).

However the analogy of the Walmart situation would punish the employee of Walmart who changed the price (in this case the teacher), and not  the customer who bought the item (UK and Bledsoe).   I don't recall ever getting a call from a department store demanding extra money "because the price tag was incorrect."

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 9:19 am

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

Good article Gary.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:40 am

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons

UK fans are wearing "Free Enes" shirts. You really think they wouldn't celebrate beating the system? 

At least it shows they know what to expect in the future from their beloved new coach..

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:10 pm

Bama: Where grades change w/o credible reasons need to get your panties out of the wad and quit and other media hacks were now you are going to cry because you did get what you wished are such a sad glean over others  troubles....I get are perfect....yeah, perfect a&&hole.

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