OT: OSU Freshman Forward declared ineligible

Submitted by MichiganMan2424 on September 26th, 2011 at 4:07 PM

OSU Freshamn Forward LaQuinton Ross has been declared ineligble for the fall semester of 2011. He may be able to come back for winter 2012, but he'd have to retake the ACT and a few other classes. He was the #43 player in the country according to rivals, and he was supposed to be a mjor contributer off the bench.




September 26th, 2011 at 4:14 PM ^

not OT, FYI.

i'd like to know more about how the NCAA evaluates and changes a student's grades.  i like it when it benefits michigan, and get that many grades are suspect, but it seems like a standard without any standard.


September 26th, 2011 at 4:15 PM ^

I know this isn't OT. I'm the OP and didn't mark it down as OT, a mod did.

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September 26th, 2011 at 4:30 PM ^

For what its worth (and without reading the article but having heard of this dude before) didn't he leave wherever he was originally from to go to one of the fraud schools set up to basically be academic covers for AAU/high school basketball brokerage houses. NCAA has been cracking down on the grades given out by these places left and right. Isn't it the New Life something-or-other or Life Center School. There have been a bunch of reports on what a sham this place is.

Mr Miggle

September 26th, 2011 at 4:49 PM ^

The story said that the NCAA questioned grades at his previous HS. Perhaps it was because he transferred to Life Center Academy that they looked so closely at his grades.


September 26th, 2011 at 4:59 PM ^

....when kids who are basically being given a  university  education on a silver platter screw it up (or their school does). Failing to take advantage of such an opportunity when it only requires that you have your academic house in order is simply mystifying behavior. 


September 26th, 2011 at 9:28 PM ^

...when anyone posts that a kid on a D-1 scholarship in a major sport is being "given an education on a silver platter."  D-1 athletes work at least twice as hard as the average student to actually get their education.  Schollies are renewable on a one-year basis.  If a player doesn't perform, his scholly gets yanked.  

Is it an opportunity?  Yes.  Is it a great opportunity?  Of course.  But does it come on a "silver platter?"  Absolutely not.


September 26th, 2011 at 11:43 PM ^

The kid was barely on campus, im not disagreing with you because i know how hard it is to balance a College workload on top of the work you do for your sport. But i think what LSA meant was this kid coming out of high school was giving the opportunity of the Education on a "silver platter", where your point comes in is the work they do while IN college. I think LSA may have been questioning how he could blow the opportunity to come in and work, from there is where these athletes really have to earn the education because that on top of practice,workouts,conditioning etc etc etc the free time you get is extremely limited. Taking it out of context though i dont have evidence of what he really meant lol. Love your point though about how tough it can be for college athletes (sport/school).

p.s-Dont limit that to D-1 Athletes. I have family in D-2 sports who work harder on a daily basis than any1 ive ever known.


September 26th, 2011 at 9:06 PM ^

Interesting that his questioned grades were from the school before the fraud school:

"According to reports from the Dispatch and Bucknuts.com, the reason Ross is ineligible is that the NCAA Eligibility Center red-flagged two grades the Life Center Academy graduate received at his previous school in Jackson, Miss. Those grades were registered as C's on the school's sliding scale but the NCAA has ruled they should be D's, which has rendered the combination of his cumulative GPA and standardized test scores insufficient."