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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Arthur investigation re-opened by school district

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The Dallas Independent School District has re-opened an investigation into alleged improper grade changes for former Kansas University basketball player Darrell Arthur at South Oak Cliff High School, Dallas TV station WFAA reported Thursday. School superintendent Michael Hinojosa said he will ask for an outside independent review of the academic records of Arthur and his former teammates.

"I am going to reopen the investigation to have a legal review, an independent legal review," Hinojosa told WFAA reporter Brett Shipp. "There are too many questions at this time for us to just leave it alone," Hinojosa added. "That's why we are going to ask for an outside independent review, legal review."

An investigation into a grade change for another athlete resulted in South Oak Cliff forfeiting the 2006 state basketball title. The school district, however, released a report two months ago that cleared South Oak Cliff staff and students of any further wrongdoings in the 2005 and 2007 state basketball championships. WFAA-TV's follow-up found investigators may have failed to interview witnesses and review algebra, English and theater-arts grades received by Arthur.

"We don't know anything about it, so we have no comment," KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Thursday night after WFAA released its latest findings.

Arthur, who now plays for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, did not respond to ESPN.com's requests for comment.

Last May, grade transcripts obtained by WFAA showed Arthur with missing algebra grades on his working transcript, and his final algebra grade allegedly changed to passing.

The TV station's review of the Dallas Independent School District's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) report that dismissed any allegations involving Arthur revealed possible major omissions, the TV station says. WFAA says Winford Ashmore, the math teacher WFAA interviewed in the first story on alleged grade changing for Arthur, was never interviewed by DISD.

Instead of checking out Ashmore's concerns, WFAA says investigators dismissed them by saying Arthur "did not compete as a varsity player that year," a statement WFAA says is incorrect.

The station has said an examination of Arthur's grades revealed he should have failed an English course needed to graduate. South Oak Cliff coach James Mays has said the station's reporting Arthur's class grades in its reports has left the station subject to a lawsuit. NCAA officials have told WFAA that if Arthur never officially graduated, his eligibility at Kansas is something that may have to be looked into. KU officials have repeatedly said they have no knowledge of specifics of the situation and have deemed it a matter for the DISD.

WFAA's story on the matter is available at wfaa.com. Portions of WFAA reporter Brett Shipp's story were used in this report.

Comments

kansaspike 14 years, 2 months ago

That was to give you a quote from another article.trich424 and sdoyel....are you drunk or just idiots?

Andy Fischer 14 years, 2 months ago

I don't think that it really matters, what the DISD investgation determines. The NCAA won't do anything. That would mean that they would have to admit they made a mistake. That's never going to happen.

yovoy 14 years, 2 months ago

oh boy. here we go again. it won't end 'til we hand memphis the trophy/banner.sheesh.

livedeadhead 14 years, 2 months ago

No, its not a tough break for KU and no it won't hurt recruiting, how in the hell would it do that? see above post about how KU is not involved in this.

sdoyel 14 years, 2 months ago

Haha. Props to the guy on the message board that called this article! :)

Ryan Wood 14 years, 2 months ago

I, for one, am glad that this school district is interested in getting to the bottom of a scandal that CHEATS kids out of a much-needed education.It's really pathetic that I'm in the minority.

KEITHMILES05 14 years, 2 months ago

Only and if only KU is found to be "involved" with Arthur during his academic time in Dallas will they be found guilty.The NCAA cleared Arthur is it is their fault, if any.KU will not be found guilty and our chamionship will NOT be forfeited.I hope Arthur sues the pants off these people, if for nothing else just to use up their precious money to defend themselves.

trich424 14 years, 2 months ago

You mean the message board guy that pasted the ESPN article? Yeah, real head up.

jaybate 14 years, 2 months ago

Tough break for KU.This will hurt recruiting for sure.

Lance Hobson 14 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, this just won't go away. Arthur doesn't need this kind of publicity right now, that's for sure.

kansaspike 14 years, 2 months ago

Feels like a bad dream.This from espn.com:"If the district finds Arthur did not have sufficient credits to graduate from high school, Kansas could have to forfeit any or all games involving him."I don't know how much merit that holds....but crap.Do not mess with my moment of zen!!!!!

JBurtin 14 years, 2 months ago

I think that even if they do find something improper happened in his high school days that it would be hard to find a good reason to punish KU for something that they had nothing to do with.He was cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse. It would be a bit ridiculous if the same organization that told us he was cleared to play later blames us for allowing him to play in the league that they cleared him to play in. It really isn't our job to do their job, is it?Then again, since when did the NCAA ever make any sense? They make incredibly strict rules about stuff that's not terribly important, and allow gaping holes in their policies that lead to universal abuse of student athletes.As far as I'm concerned if Arthur was any other high school student, then nobody would care enough to investigate whether or not some grades were changed. He would have been perfectly free to go out and earn a college degree. Only when you add the fact that he is an elite level athlete does anybody even care enough about his high school grades to make it an issue.While it's possible that he had some special treatment in high school, it is also possible that people are dragging up ancient history that nobody would care about enough to investigate if he hadn't won a national title.As far as I'm concerned, as long as he was making the grades while he was here at school, then he's proven that he learned enough from high school to be capable of moving on. Why else should it even matter what grade he received in a high school class? It's not as if he's now a working physician that cheated his way through med school or something.If there's somebody at the high school level that needs to be fired for padding the grades of athletes for the sake of winning, then by all means do it. Beyond that there's no logical reason that KU should have anything to do with the situation.

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