UConn Huskies Basketball: Easy Solution to Avoid Future Postseason Bans
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Today it was revealed that the University of Connecticut's last-ditch effort for the men's basketball team to play in the postseason for the 2012-13 season met deaf ears.
Thanks to prior academic performance, the Huskies will be watching next year's Big East and NCAA tournaments from their dorm rooms. From personal experience, the dorm rooms are not in the least bit comfy, either.
As my headline alluded to, there is an easy solution to this problem should poor grades ever be a factor in the future.
What head coach Jim Calhoun and his staff need to do is start setting up shop in the honors dorm. What UConn needs is to sign up a few students with high GPAs. The higher, the better.
The only problem is that only scholarship players' GPAs are averaged in. Therefore, UConn can only allot a couple of scholarships to students solely for strong grades.
This would still be hitting a home run on a couple of different levels. The obvious one is that the new student-athletes would boost the collective GPA of the team to respectability.
Taking it a step further, perhaps some of these student-athletes could tutor the players, thus boosting their GPAs as well. Before you knew it, the UConn men's basketball team would not only dominate on the hardwood, but in the classroom as well.
The academic counselor for men's basketball at UConn, Felicia Crump, had this to say about Walker:
"If he's not on time, he's always early," Crump said of Walker. "He will pull the other guys and say, 'You gotta be here. You gotta get your work done.' So it's been great when he's in study hall working or the first one there or staying late because he has the most aggressive schedule.
"The younger guys don't know any different, so they just follow suit, which has been amazing and it's been great for me because other guys are talking about, 'I wanna be on the path that Kemba's on. How do I do that? What do I need to do to do that?'"
Walker was a one-in-a-million player—on and off the court—and if the coaching staff was smart, they would invest in some off-the-court Kemba Walkers.
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