More $10 bills in his wallet than a stripper.
Damon Evans, athletic director at the University of Georgia, received crazy good press from the associated press for our new academic attendance program. The logic behind the program is pretty straightforward. If you're an athlete you know that if you miss practice, you're going to miss game time.
Why not apply the same logic to class and study hall attendance? The program works like this:
Student-athletes who miss more than two classes in the same course will be suspended for about 10 percent of their team's games for each additional class they miss. Student-athletes who miss more than one academic appointment must pay a $10 fine (a United Way Donation). They face suspensions for missing more than four.Initially, my thought on the program..."We're putting ourselves at a competitive disadvantage if other schools don't have hard ass attendance policies?" I also wondered what Damon was going to spend the $10 billion dollars he was about to raise in missed classes. My brother summed up the program better by saying:
- If that policy were in place when I was in school, I wouldn’t be allowed in Sanford Stadium until 2029. I once had an undergrad class that I went to 5 times including the final and 2 tests. In other words, I missed that class 40 times, which means 1 class would have cost me a 4 year suspension. BTW, I made a B in that class.
- For the first time, more than 50 percent of Georgia's student-athletes had 3.0 or better grade-point averages in the spring semester.
- Also, when compared with last spring, there were far fewer dropped classes and a sharp increase in credit hours earned -- 954 this spring, compared with 770 last spring.
- In a three-week period in January, student-athletes missed 46 classes or academic appointments, a 90 percent drop from 421 over a three-week period in September.
Don't miss the ESPN article.