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Good times in Georgia Basketball history

HARRICK

Picture it: Athens, Georgia, 2001. A young Jim Harrick Jr. impatiently taps his pen against his pants, waiting for his class of basketball players to finish their final exam. In just a few hours, he’d be in Las Vegas, hitting the blackjack tables and celebrating the end of another brutal semester. He couldn’t understand what was taking the players so long; he’d written the exam to be as easy as possible. Heck, even his neighbor’s seven-year-old was able to ace it…oh well, if all else fails, he’d give them A’s anyways.

Little did Jim Jr. know at the time that the final exam for his “Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball” class would be one of the things that ended up getting him fired. In 2004, the NCAA found Harrick Jr. and the Georgia basketball program guilty of academic fraud and improper benefits. Harrick Jr. reportedly gave all of the players–er, students–in his class A’s despite the easy final, and allowed them to miss class and tests at will. In fact, none of the program’s scholarship players even bothered to take the final. As a result, Jim Harrick Jr. was fired.

How easy was that test? Get your #2 pencil and find out for yourself:

1. How many goals are on a basketball court?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 4

2. How many players are allowed to play at one time on any one team in a regulation game?

a. 2

b. 3

c. 4

d. 5

3. In what league to [sic ] the Georgia Bulldogs compete?

a. ACC

b. Big Ten

c. SEC

d. Pac 10

4. What is the name of the coliseum where the Georgia Bulldogs play?

a. Cameron Indoor Arena

b. Stegeman Coliseum

c. Carrier Dome

d. Pauley Pavilion

5. How many halves are in a college basketball game?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 4

6. How many quarters are in a high school basketball game?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 4

7. How many points does one field goal account for in a Basketball Game?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 4

8. How many points does a three-point field goal account for in a Basketball Game?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 4

9. How many officials referee a college basketball game?

a. 2

b. 4

c. 6

d. 3

10. How many teams are in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament?

a. 48

b. 64

c. 65

d. 32

11. What is the name of the exam which all high school seniors in the State of Georgia must pass?

a. Eye Exam

b. How Do The Grits Taste Exam

c. Bug Control Exam

d. Georgia Exit Exam

12. What basic color are the uniforms the Georgia Bulldogs wear in home games?

a. White

b. Red

c. Black

d. Silver

13. What basic color are the uniforms the Georgia Bulldogs wear in away games?

a. Pink

b. Blue

c. Orange

d. Red

14. How many minutes are played in a college basketball contest?

a. 20

b. 40

c. 60

d. 90

15. How many minutes are played in a high school basketball game?

a. 15

b. 30

c. 32

d. 45

16. Diagram the three-point line.

17. Diagram the half-court line.

18. How many fouls is a player allowed to have in one Basketball game before fouling out in that game?

a. 3

b. 5

c. 7

d. 0

19. If you go on to become a huge coaching success, to whom will you tribute [sic ] the credit?

a. Mike Krzyzewski

b. Bobby Knight

c. John Wooden

d. Jim Harrick Jr.

20. In your opinion, who is the best Division I assistant coach in the country?

a. Ron Jursa [sic ]

b. John Pelphrey

c. Jim Harrick Jr.

d. Steve Wojciechowski

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

27 Comments for Good times in Georgia Basketball history



  1. Just Sayin'
    3:33 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    You can miss two questions, and still get an A…just sayin’.



  2. Dr. Funke
    3:34 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t there 68 teams in the tourney?



  3. A D
    3:47 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Did anybody see the hornets guard the wrong basket ate the end of the game last night. WOW. What happened to our boy Brow.



  4. 2001
    3:50 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    2) The article says it was in 2001. 12 years ago there were not 68 teams in the tourney



  5. Roland
    3:53 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    1) I think the “Bell curve” was used for grades in this course.



  6. Darren
    3:57 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Please tell me this is a joke. lol



  7. Roland
    3:59 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    6., I rather NOT LIE to you.



  8. Whutt
    4:04 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    How many halves…how many quarters….Coach I thought u said there wasn’t gonna be no math on the test???



  9. Roland
    4:11 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    17. is my Favorite question.

    “17. Diagram the half-court line.”



  10. Turrible
    4:13 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Misprint on the test. 68 teams. I work in standardized testing and that would be your head!



  11. Number 11
    4:14 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Number 11 is a trick question because there should be an “All of the Above” option.



  12. Do people actually read?
    4:19 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    10) The test was from 2001. There were not 68 teams yet.



  13. CPACAT
    4:28 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Hmmm…reason states that if there were 64 teams in the tournament, then there are also 32, and 48, but not 65.



  14. RealCatsFan
    5:30 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    #21, which SEC school had a crooked coach who set up fake courses for his players?

    A) UNC
    B) UNLV
    C) UGA
    D) All of the Above



  15. RealCatsFan
    5:31 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Love the Asian dude’s photobomb in the background…



  16. 193
    5:54 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    This situation with Jim Harrick seems really similar to the UNC situation. How come UGA received penalties but UNC did not? (besides the obvious corruption of the NCAA… I’m curious as to how they justify this one)



  17. Hal Mumme
    5:59 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I made a 85!!!! That is a B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  18. Derrick Miller
    6:00 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I got a 70! Is that passing?



  19. Shawn Kemp
    6:01 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Is is to late to sign up for that class? I need a fer hours to get eligible!



  20. Chris Mills
    6:01 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Can someone take the test for me?



  21. Sean Sutton
    6:02 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I will for a price? A gold chain!!!



  22. Rex Chapman
    6:03 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I will get my sister to take it for me as she is an A student!



  23. Coach Cal
    6:04 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Is this a graduate class? Coach Strickland needs a few hours for his Masters!



  24. Bob
    6:32 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Question #8 is a classic.



  25. Slim
    6:48 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    #16 my thought exactly! How is this any different? NCAA said UNC was an institutional issue. I completely forgot about this deal at GA. This makes the whole UNC issue even more of a fraud by the NCAA



  26. t-will
    9:51 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    i had trouble with question 8 and i forgot my circumference so my line wasn’t straight on number 16.



  27. Will Hill
    11:13 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    16 and 25–My guess is that the NCAA will say the difference is that in the GA case it was a coach teaching the class, thus it falls under their jurisdiction, where with UNC the coaches are “not involved.”