ESPN ran this story in their college hoops blog last week, but I thought I’d put it up for those who missed it. Basically, Walker cheerfully admits that despite being on track to graduate in three years, he only recently read his first book, William Rhoden’s Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, cover-to-cover.
This has got to make UConn’s administration and Jim Calhoun just cringe.
“Kemba, can we keep it between us that we’re getting you to graduate in three years without ever doing any reading? We’re kind of on thin ice with the NCAA as it is.”
Seriously, has anyone ever taken sociology courses? (Sociology is Walker’s major by the way) It is literally 100% reading and writing papers. Graduating in three years is a difficult task as it is, and without ever finishing a book? Please. Either Kemba is the smartest guy in the world and never has to do any of the reading in order to pass his classes, or there is something else going on.
“That’s true,” he said. “You can write that. It’s the first book I’ve ever read.”
Look, this means nothing for Walker. He’s out the door, and most likely this situation won’t be something that the NCAA can really investigate so I don’t want to blow it out of proportion. Still, for a program that may or may not have some sanctions coming down the line and a coach who hasn’t had a squeaky clean record in this arena as it is, not something you really want to see on ESPN.com.
I’m just sayin’…