|Not a member of Oprah's Book Club|
Now I'm not a star student by any means, and I'm definitely not nearly as good of an athlete as Kemba Walker, but I want to know how it's possible to make it through college (or high school for that matter) having never completed a book.
ESPN's Page 2 had this exchange regarding the situation:
That exchange, along with my friend's initial response of "I will not eat green eggs and ham," are obviously tongue in cheek, but they underscore a serious problem- the fact that someone can get through college without ever having read a book, especially in a major like sociology. Having once been a sociology major, I know that the majority of the classes have at least one assigned book in the syllabus that takes up a significant portion of class discussion. I guess I should be surprised, given the fact that Jim Calhoun is a man of boundless integrity (not).
1. According to Sports Illustrated, Kemba Walker recently read an entire book for the first time in his life. The Connecticut guard also is 20 years old, a sociology major and is scheduled to graduate from college in three years. Thoughts?DJ Gallo: It's a problem throughout the whole program. No one at UConn has read the NCAA compliance manual, either.
Mike Philbrick: It takes real dedication. Think of how many times he could have accidentally finished a book but stuck to his principles. Oh one more thing ... spoiler alert, Kemba! The dude actually ends up liking green eggs and ham in the end.
Patrick Hruby: Just imagine if UConn had an "Easy A" list like Stanford. Walker already would be waist-deep in post-doctoral research.
Jim Caple: Sounds like UConn stiffened its academic standards.
Philbrick: Silver lining? This might be the greatest accidental recruiting pitch in the history of modern basketball.
David Schoenfield: I want to see Phil Jackson remain Los Angeles Lakers coach, the Lakers draft Walker and Jackson give him "Water for Elephants." I think Walker would become the first player to ever demand a trade to the Clippers.
Just another reason why the NCAA is a joke.