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Maryland OL ruled ineligible over academics

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03:34 PM ET 06.27 | Maryland will be without a potential starting offensive lineman for the 2013 season after incoming freshman tackle Derwin Gray was ruled academically ineligible. Gray, from nearby Friendship Academy, was a four-star recruit who was expected to challenge for playing time right away in College Park. Maryland is hoping Gray can get his issues in order for him to return for 2014, but prep school or junior college may be in the cards for him.

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June 27, 2013  03:57 PM ET

There are worse things than JUCO.

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June 27, 2013  05:13 PM ET
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There are worse things than JUCO.

Yeah, like a 4* freakin recruit who doesn't take care of his academics long before he needs to. Not to mention his parents, coaches, and counselors at school. Dummies.

June 27, 2013  05:35 PM ET

Don't they know they are in the B1G now? Academics don't matter anymore. Only thing that matters is winning football games.

Stop the whining, suit up and get on the field, big fella

June 27, 2013  05:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yeah, like a 4* freakin recruit who doesn't take care of his academics long before he needs to. Not to mention his parents, coaches, and counselors at school. Dummies.

If he is not smart enough to play the game and pretend that academics matter to him, why would you want him on your team?

June 27, 2013  05:38 PM ET
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Don't they know they are in the B1G now? Academics matter more than winning football games. Stop the whining, get to class and earn your place on the field, big fella.

FIFY

June 27, 2013  05:45 PM ET
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If he is not smart enough to play the game and pretend that academics matter to him, why would you want him on your team?

Doesn't matter to me what school a kid goes too. Well, most of the time anyways. But when any kid who has the opportunity to attend college and doesn't because of grades??? Absolutely ridiculous.

June 27, 2013  08:41 PM ET
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Doesn't matter to me what school a kid goes too. Well, most of the time anyways. But when any kid who has the opportunity to attend college and doesn't because of grades??? Absolutely ridiculous.

+10000

Kids are idiots these days. I guess it comes from the "entitled" part that the kids are raised under...

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June 27, 2013  10:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yeah, like a 4* freakin recruit who doesn't take care of his academics long before he needs to. Not to mention his parents, coaches, and counselors at school. Dummies.

His coaches and counselors are to blame for his poor academic performance? Inflate his grades, change his grades or pay someone to take the SAT for him? Exactly what were they supposed to do?

June 27, 2013  10:25 PM ET
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His coaches and counselors are to blame for his poor academic performance? Inflate his grades, change his grades or pay someone to take the SAT for him? Exactly what were they supposed to do?

No kid who is a 4* is that way overnight. They know during their sophomore year (at least) that their athletic talent takes them towards college. That's the point where coaches and counselors and parents need to get on his keister about grades. I don't ever expect a school to inflate a kid's grades. The onus is on the kid, BEFORE his senior year of HS to get his grades in order. If he doesn't, then his parents, coaches, and counseling staff at school need to jump knee deep into his **** to get it done. That make more sense???

June 28, 2013  06:04 AM ET

he can go to the SEC where academics mean nothing... just play football....

June 28, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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+10000Kids are idiots these days. I guess it comes from the "entitled" part that the kids are raised under...

Exactly.

June 28, 2013  11:21 PM ET
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No kid who is a 4* is that way overnight. They know during their sophomore year (at least) that their athletic talent takes them towards college. That's the point where coaches and counselors and parents need to get on his keister about grades. I don't ever expect a school to inflate a kid's grades. The onus is on the kid, BEFORE his senior year of HS to get his grades in order. If he doesn't, then his parents, coaches, and counseling staff at school need to jump knee deep into his **** to get it done. That make more sense???

With some of these athletes, no amount of getting in their **** makes any difference. I see kids every year at the school where I teach that simply refuse to do what they need to do and no amount of nagging or pressure from anyone makes any difference.

Three years ago, there was a kid at my school being recruited as a running back by several schools. Two school's recruiters told him and our coaching staff that if he made C's across the board his last semester, he had a scholarship. What did he do? He failed four classes including US History taught by the head football coach.

Teachers, coaches and counselors have a lot more kids to worry about than some lazy, entitled athlete that wants to throw away a chance at a scholarship. Do you really think Gray's coaches and counselors didn't stay on his back about his grades? Ultimately Gray made the decision to not do what he needed to do. That make sense??

 
June 29, 2013  12:27 AM ET
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With some of these athletes, no amount of getting in their **** makes any difference. I see kids every year at the school where I teach that simply refuse to do what they need to do and no amount of nagging or pressure from anyone makes any difference. Three years ago, there was a kid at my school being recruited as a running back by several schools. Two school's recruiters told him and our coaching staff that if he made C's across the board his last semester, he had a scholarship. What did he do? He failed four classes including US History taught by the head football coach.Teachers, coaches and counselors have a lot more kids to worry about than some lazy, entitled athlete that wants to throw away a chance at a scholarship. Do you really think Gray's coaches and counselors didn't stay on his back about his grades? Ultimately Gray made the decision to not do what he needed to do. That make sense??

It absolutely makes sense. Like you, I have seen kids who have a golden ticket to a 4 year ride, and because they are lazy and uninspired, they lose out.

I do think wayyyy to many coaches don't have the stones to dump kids who need it. My old coach??? No 2.5 gpa??? No play. 2.0-2.49??? You practice, you do not play. You quit the program??? Will not be allowed back. Ever. I would love to see more coaches take a hard line like that. Too many parents, way too soft on kids. Apparently this kid as well. Damn shame.

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