So Miles Bridges gets rubber-stamped in a few hours, while Shea Patterson twists in the wind for months. Say this for the NCAA and its strike zone: It’s all over the damn place, but at least it’s consistently all over the damn place.
“I still think it’s a coin-flip to decide, but I think the NCAA will do the right thing,” noted David Ridpath, associate professor of sport management at Ohio University and president of The Drake Group, an advocacy group seeking NCAA academic reform. “Shea Patterson will be available to start for Michigan [this fall]. It’s not a guarantee … that’s coming from a common-sense standpoint.”
Of course, if Mark Emmert’s tap-dance job on CBS over Saturday lunchwas any indicator, “common sense” is relative — and the NCAA president’s docket right now, as you can imagine, is filling up rather quickly, given that the college basketball pool resembles the one at Bushwood Country Club right now:
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