Antonio Kinard Qualified

Submitted by His Dudeness on December 23rd, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Antonio Kinard qualified for the University of Michigan and will join the class.

Comments

UMdad

December 23rd, 2010 at 11:47 AM ^

940 seems like a pretty good score.  That really just proves my point.  The kid took this year, worked hard to do well on the test, and did well on the test.  He obviously has the aptitude, he just lacked the skills.  The fact that he lacked the lacked the skills is a shame and a direct result of a failure in the school system.  He deserves a tremendous amount of credit for facing adversity and putting himself in a position to succeed.  I would love to see a whole team of guys like that instead of guys that transfer at the first sign of problems. 

joeyb

December 23rd, 2010 at 2:59 PM ^

The SAT is not a measure of knowledge, but the student's ability to learn. It is supposed to be over different material than what is typically taught in schools so that they can measure the student's ability to learn. It's also graded on a curve, so the overall school system can be 100 times better than it was 10 years ago, but you will still see grades like this on the SAT no matter what.

This doesn't even take into consideration the fact that he might have a learning disability, which would put him behind those with equivalent knowledge or that he might not have had time or money to take a class specifically designed to boost your test scores. Neither of those factors are really indictments of the school system. Chalk this up as another case of none of us having all the facts.

BiSB

December 23rd, 2010 at 11:27 AM ^

It's a fine line.  If someone like His Dudeness, who has been around forever, comes out with something like this, most of us will believe him (even if we look for confirmation).  If ChunkyLover53, who joined last week and has 81 points, posted "OMG I herd Antwoine Kinard is giong to be Blue next year!!!," most of us would need a little confirmation before we believe him.

WalterMitty

December 23rd, 2010 at 11:22 AM ^

Searching for a fitting description of a Michigan Man? There are many.. Mr. Kinard, you sir, have just found one. I hope you take great pride in not giving up, and making your dream come true in the face of stacked odds. You inspire me and we welcome you to the family! 

Yooper

December 23rd, 2010 at 11:54 AM ^

Big credit to Antonio for working hard to qualify and sticking with his commitment despite the setback, two things you don't see very often these days.  Plus upside for the class, a real linebacker with an extra year of maturity as well as the benefits of early enrolling.  He should be ready to contribute next fall.  All good.

BondQuest

December 23rd, 2010 at 12:03 PM ^

for sticking to doing the work needed to get to a major University.

Just think, he is another year older, (and bigger), and ought to be able to contribute to the team that much better.

This seems like a win for the team.

Hopefully others will see how he did it and follow in his footsteps if they don't make it into school the first time they try.

Magnus

December 23rd, 2010 at 1:36 PM ^

He would be a true freshman in Fall 2011, but that doesn't mean he "grayshirted" in the fall.  "Grayshirting" refers to students who pay their own way to the school until a scholarship opens up.

Kinard obviously didn't attend Michigan; he attended Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school that does not suck away students' eligibility.