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But the biggest head-scratcher is this: It is understandable that the Algebra 3 teacher wouldn't have documentation of the makeup work two years later when he unexpectedly has to talk to an investigator, but I surmise that if the teacher had offered any specific, convincing verbal recollections to the investigators, they would have included that in their report. There are none of those.
If you were the teacher who somehow inspired the school's star athlete to achieve the first A he had ever received in a high school math class and thus allowed him to reach collegiate fame and NBA riches, wouldn't you remember everything about it?
But this isn't about Eric Bledsoe. This is about the unintended message that the Birmingham school board will potentially send to those teachers, counselors and coaches who have concluded that Bledsoe didn't do the work. And that message would be that it is OK to cut some corners if that can get an athlete into college and maybe beyond.
The danger, of course, is that very few prep athletes are Eric Bledsoe (who himself wasn't a certain pro prospect until his year at Kentucky). For the vast majority of prep athletes who will never play pro or who will find themselves unprepared for college academics, those classroom winks and nods back in high school may prove crippling in real life, especially if that class was basic math or English.