Wisconsin Player on Thin Ice Academically

Andy Baggot's Blog at Madison.com is reporting that University of Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz has run into academic difficulties with regards to his first semester grades.

Needless to say the Badger Athletic Department will be doing everything in their power to turn those "D's into C's" or else Schultz will be wearing a suit this weekend in the press box.

Schultz is just one of Wisconsin's elite defensemen that makes the power play hum and opens up the ice for the forwards. Recently he has been paired on the blueline with Cody Goloubef.


Anonymous said...

Does the "average" student population have the ability to turn those D's into C's? And to think those "average" students are the ones paying tuition. Like to see the new "tranparency" enacted on this!!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the same kid that the NCAA delayed clearing at the beginning of the school year? Looks like someone dropped the ball more than once on this recruit. Again, these guys are suppose to be student/athletes, but are the rules different for Wisconsin?

Chuck Schwartz said...

First anonymous poster: The colleges are investing in these kids by giving them scholarships. While it would be great if a kid took advantage of the resources handed to him, we all know that isn't always the case. Since the college has made an investment, they are going to do everything in their power to protect that investment. You would do the same for your own investments.

Second Anonymous poster: No this is not the same kid who was delayed at the start of the year. The kid at the start of the year was Derek Lee and that was delayed not because of poor grades or test scores, but because he was traded in juniors and they needed to make sure a class that he had taken was the equivalent of another class. Obviously it was because the NCAA cleared him.

Second of all, the recruit in question right now, Justin Schultz, ended up taking care of what he needed to take care of to stay eligible.

And lastly, how are the rules different for Wisconsin? Wisconsin may not be Harvard but it is one of the best public schools in the nation. I don't know how one kid possibly not being cleared for second semester equates to rules being different for Wisconsin.

puck swami said...

Chuck is right.

Every school has seen players who run into academic difficulty at some point.