Saturday, July 22, 2006

Oak Hill, Fork Union Cleared

The NCAA announced that Oak Hill Academy and Fork Union Military Academy, two prep schools in Virginia, had been cleared after they were initially placed on a list of schools "subject to review" on July 5. St. Thomas More, which produced Quincy Douby and next year will feature West Milford's Justin Sofman, remains on the list, much to the chagrin of head coach Jere Quinn. Quinn previously told the Herald News: "I will be shocked if our lawyers don't contact these people (the NCAA) and go after them."

In other athletic-academic news, Pete Thamel of The New York Times reports that Auburn has taken its first step toward reform. Interim president Ed Richardson said the school would limit the number of directed-reading courses a student could take. This comes after the Times reported that "athletes took advantage of so-called directed-reading courses to help boost their grades and remain eligible for their sports."

The Times also has a feature on Duke and USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and how he is melding a team of young stars in preparation for next month's World Championship.

Keith Idec of the Herald News has a story about how Paterson's Tim Thomas is hosting an event on July 29 to raise funds for his alma mater, Paterson Catholic.

"Knowing the situation with my high school right now, we're just trying to raise money to help keep the school open," Thomas, 29, said. "They need a little help. We can't just let that school disappear. Plus, I wanted to do something for the city as well. I just thought this was a way I could do something for the community, as well as raise money for my school."

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