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'Hey, Coach, I Aced the Final!'

NCAA's inquiry into Georgia basketball program turns up a test given by Jim Harrick Jr. that any athlete can pass.

March 04, 2004|From Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Most college students dream of getting a final exam with questions such as: How many points is a three-pointer worth?

That was among the questions on basic basketball knowledge on the final exam -- and only test -- in Georgia assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr.'s Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball class in 2001.

The 20-question test and transcripts of interviews with some of the students in Harrick's class were among 1,500 pages of documents released Wednesday by the university in its response to the NCAA about rules violations in the basketball program.

The university agreed with the NCAA's findings, which included violations of academic fraud and improper benefits.

Harrick's father, Jim Sr., was suspended, then resigned as coach. The younger Harrick lost his job as an assistant, and the school kept the team out of the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments.

The NCAA concluded Harrick Jr. "fraudulently awarded grades of A to three men's basketball student-athletes" enrolled in the course he taught in 2001, allowing them to miss class and tests. Harrick Jr. also allegedly provided an extra benefit to student athletes by the manner in which he conducted the course, the NCAA found.

An attorney for the Harricks said Wednesday that Harrick Jr. would not comment. A federal lawsuit filed last week accuses university officials and others of defamation.

All the students in the class were given an A grade, according to the documents.

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Questioning a Test

The 20-question final exam that Jim Harrick Jr. gave to students in his Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball course in the fall of 2001:

1. How many goals are on a basketball court?

a. 1 b. 2

c. 3 d. 4

2. How many players are allowed to play at one time on any one team in a regulation game?

a. 2 b. 3

c. 4 d. 5

3. In what league to [sic] the Georgia Bulldogs compete?

a. ACC b. Big Ten

c. SEC d. Pac 10

4. What is the name of the coliseum where the Georgia Bulldogs play?

a. Cameron Indoor Arena

b. Stegeman Coliseum

c. Carrier Dome

d. Pauley Pavilion

5. How many halves are in a college basketball game?

a. 1 b. 2

c. 3 d. 4

6. How many quarters are in a high school basketball game?

a. 1 b. 2

c. 3 d. 4

7. How many points does one field goal account for in a Basketball Game?

a. 1 b. 2

c. 3 d. 4

8. How many points does a 3-point field goal account for in a Basketball Game?

a. 1 b. 2

c. 3 d. 4

9. How many officials referee a college basketball game?

a. 2 b. 4

c. 6 d. 3

10. How many teams are in the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament?

a. 48 b. 64

c. 65 d. 32

11. What is the name of the exam which all high school seniors in the State of Georgia must pass?

a. Eye Exam

b. How Do The Grits Taste Exam

c. Bug Control Exam

d. Georgia Exit Exam

12. What basic color are the uniforms the Georgia Bulldogs wear in home games?

a. White b. Red

c. Black d. Silver

13. What basic color are the uniforms the Georgia Bulldogs wear in away games?

a. Pink b. Blue

c. Orange d. Red

14. How many minutes are played in a college basketball contest?

a. 20 b. 40

c. 60 d. 90

15. How many minutes are played in a high school basketball game?

a. 15 b. 30

c. 32 d. 45

16. Diagram the 3-point line.

17. Diagram the half-court line.

18. How many fouls is a player allowed to have in one Basketball game before fouling out in that game?

a. 3 b. 5

c. 7 d. 0

19. If you go on to become a huge coaching success, to whom will you tribute [sic] the credit?

a. Mike Krzyzewski

b. Bobby Knight

c. John Wooden

d. Jim Harrick Jr.

20. In your opinion, who is the best Division I assistant coach in the country?

a. Ron Jursa [sic]

b. John Pelphrey

c. Jim Harrick Jr.

d. Steve Wojciechowski

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Source: University of Georgia

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