Maymon not eligible to play vs. Pitt

Jeronne Maymon poses inside the Pratt Pavilion on campus Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010. He has been declared ineligible to play for the Vols despite passing all five classes he took in the fall semester.

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Jeronne Maymon poses inside the Pratt Pavilion on campus Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010. He has been declared ineligible to play for the Vols despite passing all five classes he took in the fall semester.

PITTSBURGH - Tennessee men's basketball player Jeronne Maymon isn't eligible for the Vols' game against Pittsburgh today despite passing his fall semester classes and having them posted online.

"All grades have to be posted by Dec. 14 (Tuesday) and they are available (official) on Dec. 15 (Wednesday),'' Margie Nichols, a spokesperson for the University of Tennessee office of the provost, said Friday afternoon.

Maymon was told UT is within an academic window where grades can be changed, and that's why he won't be cleared for the 11th-ranked Vols' game against No. 3 Pitt today (TV: ESPN, 3:15 p.m.) at the Consol Energy Center.

"I've got e-mails from all of my teachers saying nothing will be added or subtracted from any of my grades,'' Maymon said. "They (professors) gave me their home numbers and everything if anyone wants to ask.''

Tennessee (6-0) has prepared for today's SEC/Big East Invitational game against the Panthers (10-0) with Maymon at power forward, clearly under the assumption the 6-foot-7, 258-pounder would be eligible if he passed his classes.

Maymon was under the same impression, telling the News Sentinel earlier this week that he was merely waiting for a final class to be posted online.

Nichols said the office of the provost is not allowed to discuss the specific details of the case, but that UT provost Dr. Susan Martin has "chose not to make an exception'' for Maymon, a sophomore who transferred from Marquette last year.

Martin took the position on an interim basis in July of 2008 and was named provost in May of 2009.

"It was shocking and disappointing to hear that, because I've worked hard to pass my classes and get all my ducks in a row,'' said Maymon, Wisconsin's two-time high school player of the year. "All my grades are posted.

"I got up at 6:30 this morning to meet with my (academic) advisor to see what could be done, but apparently someone is dead-set against me playing tomorrow (Saturday).''

Coach Bruce Pearl said Friday morning he was "disappointed,'' and was holding out hope Maymon would be made eligible because in past seasons other transfers had been cleared shortly after finals.

But at the Vols' practice Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pearl was visibly upset when asked about Maymon's situation and refused to comment on it.

"We can talk about the adjustments we'll have to make,'' Pearl said. "Steven Pearl has been practicing at the three for two weeks, Jeronne has been practicing at the four, and now Kenny Hall, who hasn't practiced at the four for a month, will be playing at the four against Pitt.''

Pearl said small forward Renaldo Woolridge, who turned his ankle earlier this week, will not play.

No Degrees: Nichols explained that UT students who have gone through or will go through graduation ceremonies this weekend aren't handed official degrees when they "walk" for the same reason Maymon isn't being declared eligible, citing the fact that grades can be changed through Tuesday.

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jsmithnga#207674 writes:

Please don't tell me he flunked his bowling class.

sandiegovolunteer writes:

Did he not finish the 10th frame?

smokedoctor writes:

Huh. Wander whats up.

kazoo writes:

A bowling class! Oh, the things the big schools do to get these athletes qualified and keep them eligible!

Mule_Days_King writes:

Gutter ball....

kdaff51 writes:

in response to sandiegovolunteer:

Did he not finish the 10th frame?

Too many gutter balls!

abnerPeabody writes:

If a kid is waiting on grade clearence in order to play,then why can't the professor or compliance office pass the information on to the coach as soon as his grade is final?
Sounds like there is more to this story.He may not be where he thinks he is.

Mule_Days_King writes:

Didn't turn in his rental shoes?

kdaff51 writes:

in response to kazoo:

A bowling class! Oh, the things the big schools do to get these athletes qualified and keep them eligible!

It was either that or goldfish farming and we all know what a killer class that can be!

TrueVolFan writes:

I think its sad that the SEC could clear Scam Newton less than 16hrs after he was declared ineligible for his dad trying to Pimp-Out his services, but we cant get clearance for a kid who is just waiting on Grades to post. The NCAA is seriously jacked up!

kevin151 writes:

Bowling?? Way to take advantage of that free education....

OrangePride writes:

Never ceases to amaze me that it takes people so long to get a grade posted and a player's situation clarified. This is a common occurance and, unless the grade is an F or Incomplete, it should be able to be accomplished within 5 days of the end of class.....tops. SO......is there an Incomplete out there for something like Bowling? Curious and curiouser. We could have used this guy in Pittsburg too, so there best be a good reason why this took so long.

nwcs writes:

in response to kevin151:

Bowling?? Way to take advantage of that free education....

True but there are a lot of kids at UT who take that class.

Rockygrass writes:

Everyone takes something similar to bowling... I was really looking forward to seeing him in action. Unbelievalbe..

etsuvol99#227561 writes:

A class that was over in October still hasn't posted its grades? Come on Bowling Professor!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to smokedoctor:

Huh. Wander whats up.

Or where he went durning Class

easleychuck writes:

I had the bowling class at UT. The class was held in the downstairs of the student center. It was part of a PE requirement. At the time it was still a graded class, not sure if that is still the case. We are talking 30+ years ago.

Why does someone have a problem with a kid taking a class that is offeredto everyone and more than likely contributes to their eventual graduation?

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say grades must be posted to be eligible...guess they havent been(?)University/NCAA rules that even Student athletes go through same process as everyone else. He'll be ready for the next one..
Bones never lie.
Go Vols!

tulelakevol writes:

Darn it.

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to easleychuck:

I had the bowling class at UT. The class was held in the downstairs of the student center. It was part of a PE requirement. At the time it was still a graded class, not sure if that is still the case. We are talking 30+ years ago.

Why does someone have a problem with a kid taking a class that is offeredto everyone and more than likely contributes to their eventual graduation?

I took that class in Spring 2010. It was my 120th hour so I could graduate in 4 years. It is still graded, but it's just a 1-hour class. However, if a kid (athlete or not) is trying for a sport management degree, he/she has to take a lot of phys ed classes. I've got no problem with a guy taking this class. But I think there may be something else up with this situation. Regarding the deal with NCAA, this stuff is probably on UT only at this point.

Couchdummy writes:

Does UT not have a clearing point to get information verified or is KNS running with unsubstantiated info? Seems that the athletic department has several voices but no real manager of info. We (the public) seem to always be getting false or unconfirmed news.

CoverOrange writes:

Ridiculous Theory 1: The bowling part of the class was over in October but the final exam was in November.
Ridiculous Theory 2: Vanderbilt hired the instructor away for their bowling team.
Ridiculous Theory 3: Orgeron told Jeronne not to attend class in November so he might be able to transfer to USC.

allvols4life writes:

Why is everyone picking on the kid for taking a bowling class? Most majors require you to take at least one, sometimes two PE type classes. That is in the core requirements. So he took bowling. What would you want him to take? Swimming? Ball room dancing? It's a requirement to graduate people. Get over it!

GerryOP writes:

Maymon "strikes out?"

Ironcity writes:

This stinks!

tdforvols writes:

Looks like somebody at UT is wanting to add to Pearl's punishment.

theoldbear writes:

Back when I took bowling, and social dance, and folk and square dance, and tennis, and weight-lifting in the '60's, six quarters of PE were required, and each class only counted 1/3 of an hour, even though it might be two or three hours a week. There was also a required swimming test that had to be passed to graduate from UT. I took swimming the summer between my junior and senior year. Notice that most of the classes I took were co-ed classes. Mama didn't raise any stupid boys, just big ugly ones!

Here's hoping our big ugly one gets to play sometime soon!

MilitaryBrat writes:

in response to allvols4life:

Why is everyone picking on the kid for taking a bowling class? Most majors require you to take at least one, sometimes two PE type classes. That is in the core requirements. So he took bowling. What would you want him to take? Swimming? Ball room dancing? It's a requirement to graduate people. Get over it!

Because they have never taken any college level classes.

rbut5252#220065 writes:

oops......gutterball.....

BigOrangeJeff writes:

Given the situation surrounding our program, I'm sure the team is just being extra diligent in making sure they don't play a possibly ineligible player.

On the other hand, couldn't we just petition the NCAA for expedited reinstatement under the Cam Newton precedence?

zqvol writes:

Nothing missing from the story at all. Faculty have until a certain time to submit all grades and they can change them until that deadline has passed. I have no idea when the deadline is at UT but the story makes it clear that it is not before game time Saturday.

It seems he will be eligible as soon as that deadline passes, but until then he is not eligible.

This is a UT decision alone and has nothing to do with the NCAA.

PureOrange writes:

Education is great. The problem is that those who are running the institution cannot seem to run the institution. How could it be so hard to determine if someone passes or fails? Get with the program.

brod writes:

that's ok. i'm sure fields will probably rough em up in the paint and get more fouls than points like he always does. looking forward to the game tomorrow. if i had the time and money, i would make the trip.

TommyJack writes:

You mopes taking shots at the kid's classes are waaaaay out of line.

BillyVol writes:

ah, he was bowling for dollars.
sorry, no pun intended.

boroviathaochvolsfan writes:

That is some bs right there!! If the teachers say the grades will not be changed then why not just make him eligible?? I dont understand....

CoverOrange writes:

So the University is sitting on his eligibility because of the outside chance a grade could be changed? Can't they go the Cam Newton route and take everybody at their word? Somebody is making a power play within the UT adminstration.

KCHS63 writes:

Okay, UT Administration, here's one for ya: Probably since the time of Brabara Blount, professors have posted grades early AND THEY HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS FINAL for all graduating seniors. Are you saying that all those who went through commencement this December haven't actually graduated yet?

Idiots with mortar boards. Idiots with mortar boards.

bhjohnso#207063 writes:

Seems like 9 out of 10 commenters didn't even read the story. This whole comment posting thing was a good idea in theory, but it hasn't really worked out that way IMO. (No offense to those of you who do a good job with it.)

lomas98 writes:

Can you people not read the article? It says he has passed all of his classes. This is not an issue of a possible failed bowling grade as everyone is saying. This is a university problem and for some reason they are not letting him play.

FrostyVol writes:

How is it that Maymon, Pearl and apparently KNS were not aware that grades could not be "final" until after the window in which grades can be changed passes? If this is truly the policy, then Maymon was never going to be eligible to play in the Pitt game, but yet all week there were stories and quotes from Pearl and Maymon about him being eligible once his grade posted. Pearl even altered his lineup practice based on Maymon playing. Why would this not have been known before now? Something just doesnt make sense.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to nwcs:

True but there are a lot of kids at UT who take that class.

Hey, I took it back in the 80's. I graduated with High Honors and stayed for my MBA. The difference is that I also had other legit classes like Intermediate Acct, Finance, and Marketing. Why in the heck did they post his schedule again???

Yes, I made an A. The final was 1 frame. The instructor multiplied your pins down by 10. That was your grade for the final exam. I picked up a spare and got a 100. I don't recall anyone throwing 2 gutter balls.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to bhjohnso#207063:

Seems like 9 out of 10 commenters didn't even read the story. This whole comment posting thing was a good idea in theory, but it hasn't really worked out that way IMO. (No offense to those of you who do a good job with it.)

The original article changed and expanded with additional info. Yes we read it. Some of us reread it.

Orange_Juiced writes:

It's called "institutional control." You can guess what a lack thereof might bring about.

My two boys just finished exams up there yesterday. I am sure there are still some exams being given through today. I'm sure the University has a scheduled time already set to declare grades official for all students. Nothing is official until then, therefore I understand completely not allowing this kid to be released. You can't do for one without doing for all. At least that's the way it is these days...particularly when you're already under the watchful eye of the NCAA. just sayin...

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to lomas98:

Can you people not read the article? It says he has passed all of his classes. This is not an issue of a possible failed bowling grade as everyone is saying. This is a university problem and for some reason they are not letting him play.

Can't we poke a little fun?

Geez, lighten up Francis.

sec_fan writes:

He passed all his classes and the grades were posted. It is UT not NCAA that is holding it up. Must be a Pitt fan in the mix.

GOBIGO72 writes:

in response to easleychuck:

I had the bowling class at UT. The class was held in the downstairs of the student center. It was part of a PE requirement. At the time it was still a graded class, not sure if that is still the case. We are talking 30+ years ago.

Why does someone have a problem with a kid taking a class that is offeredto everyone and more than likely contributes to their eventual graduation?

Because they never went to college, and are clueless as to the general requirements to achieve a college degree. They just want to jump out to their own predisposed stereotypical conclusions; unknowingly and simultaneiously proving their lack of education in doing so. Let me clarify that for the ones' scratching their heads - because they are dumb asses.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Hey guys, the athletic program is under the NCAA microscope. So it's not a bad idea to keep him out until January (assuming he passed).

Better safe than not. Besides, how much was he going to play, anyway? Surely Coach Pearl wasn't practicing a boarderline player...

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to FrostyVol:

How is it that Maymon, Pearl and apparently KNS were not aware that grades could not be "final" until after the window in which grades can be changed passes? If this is truly the policy, then Maymon was never going to be eligible to play in the Pitt game, but yet all week there were stories and quotes from Pearl and Maymon about him being eligible once his grade posted. Pearl even altered his lineup practice based on Maymon playing. Why would this not have been known before now? Something just doesnt make sense.

I'm with you. This looks like someone doesn't know what they're doing, and doesn't know what the rules and policies really are. It sounds like the staff doesn't have its act together, and that's Pearl's responsibility.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

I'm with you. This looks like someone doesn't know what they're doing, and doesn't know what the rules and policies really are. It sounds like the staff doesn't have its act together, and that's Pearl's responsibility.

Doesn't Coach Pearl cover these topics at recruiting Bar-B-Ques?

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