Hoover and University of Alabama officials have not said which grade will be used if they re-evaluate Chapman's eligibility. NCAA spokeswoman Jennifer Kearns declined to discuss the case.
Speaking generally, Kearns said the NCAA would look at academic credentials after an athlete is certified - as is the case with Chapman - if "questions or irregularities" arose.
Kearns said all grade changes are reviewed by the NCAA Clearinghouse and Eligibility Center to confirm changes were made in accordance with the high school's policy.
If grade changes are made "late in the game," Kearns said, the institution must file an initial eligibility waiver for the change.
"If there is evidence of academic fraud, an investigation would likely be triggered," Kearns said.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Birmingham News waits until the end of a snoozer Hoovergate follow-up story to get to the interesting part today:
Posted by Will Collier at 8/23/2007