As if the news of Tony Parker’s injury wasn’t enough for the UCLA men’s team this week, more news has brokethat Anthony Stover, back-up big man and the team’s leading blocker, has been dismissed due to academic reasons. Stover was a redshirt junior center, and averaged just 0.5 points, and 1.5 rebounds per game, but, again, his 39 blocks led the team last season.
Stover was dismissed due to the fact that he did not reach NCAA eligibility requirements, and no further detailswere released by UCLA, or Ben Howland. The move was announced Monday by Howland, and will be put into effect immediately. Howland had this to say about the situation, “We are very disappointed that Anthony has not met his academic requirements. We had high expectations for him, and we were looking forward to getting increased contributions from him during this coming season.”
UCLA, who is now down to 10 scholarship players, will probably not miss Stover that much this season. The additions of Shabazz Muhammed, and Tony Parker will probably help ease the pain of Stover’s loss. Personally I don’t understand how any player can get dismissed for academic reasons. I mean I understand why people get dismissed for it, and I’m not arguing that, the only thing I don’t get is how student athletes can repeatedly fail to meet academic requirements.
You are getting a free education, and being allowed to play a sport that you love, and all you need to do is complete 16 core courses, earn, and maintain at least a 2.000 GPA, and earn a test score that matches your current GPA. That may sound like a lot but, in reality, it is not, if millions of other student athletes are doing it there is just no reason you can’t as well.
The only thing that Stover showed in allowing himself to be non-eligible due to academic reasons, is that he is not truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity provided to him, and instead decided to let it slip away. Well, now Stover will have to pay the price as he will have his hopes of eventually playing professional basketball, possibly in the NBA, or overseas, greatly diminished.
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