The saga continues...
The Ann Arbor News four part investigative series into the academic practices of the Michigan Athletic Department concluded with the following articles:
- U-M's "safe harbor" is general studies
- M Hockey player Eric Werner just short of graduating
- General studies uncommon at M's "peer" universities
- Football responsibilities overrode Pierre Woods' other aspirations
- Counselors push narrow academic path
- Graduation eludes ex-lineman Gabe Watson
- No standard model for academic support
- M Academic Success Program co-Director Shari Acho
After reading the four days worth of articles regarding the results of the seven month long investigation into the academic policies of the Michigan Athletic Department, I have concluded that Michigan is doing things the right way. If this is the worst that turns up when Michigan is put under the microscope then Michigan has a lot of which it can be proud. Keep in mind that the Ann Arbor News investigative story only presented one viewpoint. For a different perspective on academic issues at the Athletic Department, refer to my post of this time last year (Michigan achieves on and off the field: 3/3/07). Also, contrast the situations of Pierre Woods, Gabe Watson, and Brent Petway (all as featured in the AA News series) with the experience of football and academic All-American Dr. Stefan Humphries who was co-Captain of the 1983 Wolverine football team. (see June 4, 1984 Sports Illustrated article: "He came out picture perfect"-part I, part II, part III, part IV, part V; orig. SI article). Dr. Humphries managed his time at Michigan and was able to obtain an education, go on to a successful NFL career, then go on to become a doctor. It is more about the individual taking advantage of the opportunity than the opportunity not being available for the individual (yes, I'm looking at you Gabe Watson). Go Blue!