Over 14 years, a community college basketball coach and academic advisor helped hundreds of athletes meet NCAA requirements by cheating, reports Brad Wolverton in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Most needed academic credits to transfer from junior colleges.
Coaches, parents or “handlers” hired “Mr. White” to help basketball, football and baseball players — and golfers.
A few are now playing in the pros.
Players “took” online or correspondence classes.
For some players, he says, he did their work outright. For others, he provided homework answers and papers that the students would submit themselves. At exam time, he lined up proctors and conspired with them to lie on behalf of students.
Mr. White made sure students didn’t do too well. Earning all A’s and B’s would have drawn suspicion.
Several Adams State classes were so easy, Mr. White says, he hardly needed the test keys.
One question on the final examination for Math 155, “Integrated Mathematics I,” a copy of which Mr. White shared with The Chronicle, asked students to find a pattern and then complete the blanks in this series:
5, 8, 11, 14, __, __, __, __
Many of his clients couldn’t have qualified for a college scholarship without his help, says Mr. White.