Darrell Arthur: It May Not Be Money, But Grade Change Is A Big Deal

Matt SmithSenior Analyst IMay 19, 2008

In a week already full of outrageous college basketball stories, last Friday a report was released that Darrell Arthur, a sophomore forward for the Kansas Jayhawks, had his grades altered while still in high school.

One of Arthur's former math teachers stated that Arthur's grades were changed to show that he passed a math course when he hadn't.  If Arthur had not passed the course, he would have not been eligible to play for his South Oak Cliff High School team.

Arthur led Jayhawks in scoring and was second in rebounding at 13.1 PPG and 6.2 RPG.  He also had a double-double in the national title game, contributing 20 points and pulling down 10 boards.

Arthur was one of the nation's top recruits when he signed with Kansas, winning two state titles (one was vacated due to the same type of infraction) and winning two MVPs on South Oak Cliff's title runs. 

After all of the recent scandals in college basketball, such as the O.J. Mayo fiasco and the opposition to the one-and-done rule, this is the last thing college basketball needed.  While I don't blame Kansas for the happenings, something must be done if Arthur was found to be ineligible.

The NCAA must review college athletes' transcripts to determine if they are eligible for college play.  If the NCAA finds out that Arthur would not have been able to play, Kansas may have to forfeit all of the games Arthur played in, including this year's national championship.

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Again, I don't blame Kansas for this.  I blame Arthur and his high school.  Some may not feel that having your high school grades changed is a big deal, but anyone trying to get into a college would beg to differ.

If you are ineligible to attend your high school, much less play for them, how in the world can you get into a college and play for them?  If your GPA doesn't meet the requirements, it doesn't matter how good you are at playing basketball, you shouldn't be admitted into a college.

It would be interesting to see what his GPA would have been without the grade change, and if he would have been able to attend Kansas in the first place. 

Also, if one grade was changed to meet high school requirements, what other grades might have been changed?  The school already had one academic scandal with their previously vacated championship, what else could they have done?

Again, this is not Kansas' fault.  They were misled by the high school and by Arthur, who is at fault for this too.  I think you know when one of your own grades is altered. 

If his grades are found out to be changed, Arthur and his high school need to be reprimanded. It's just too bad Kansas may have to be along for the ride.


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