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James Hearns’ grades may prevent him from being a Cat

According to UK football recruiting superstar Justin Rowland, James Hearns’ chances at becoming a Cat are looking less likely due to grades. Last weekend, Hearns’ commitment seemed almost certain, but since then, he has said that he will not sign with any school on Signing Day.

Rowland will be on the radio show starting at 11:05, so be sure to tune in to hear more details.

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39 Comments for James Hearns’ grades may prevent him from being a Cat

  1. mocha
    10:35 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    knew it was too good to be true. hope he works harder and gets those grades up, not just for kentucky but for himself.

  2. Grades
    10:42 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Well who doesn’t spell CAT …… KAT?

  3. I Say
    10:42 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll say it again, high school is not hard at all, I just dont get it. Im a B average student in college and wasnt prepared for the work load when I got here due to my high school years being such a cake walk. Maybe there is other hidden mishaps we dont know but jeez, just do your work.

  4. MtnCat
    10:43 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe a late qualifier? We can hold the spot.
    Get in gear James and get past those courses.

    Now onto more pressing needs, Next! Stoops isn’t one to be caught flatfooted, got it covered!

  5. Pretty Much
    10:45 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    I think in most cases you can pretty much just show up at your local high school and graduate. I find it difficult to believe that some people don’t even have that commitment. If not, see ya, move on to somewhere else.

  6. seriously
    10:47 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    we need an afro-american studies department..

  7. I too say
    10:49 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with ya 3. High school is such a joke, if you can’t get out of there with decent enough grades to just get into college, it’s pretty sad. Just don’t be an idiot.

  8. Duck Butter
    10:52 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Honestly if you can’t have passing grades in high school then you absolutely don’t have what it takes to make it in college. Even if you’re taking easy classes at UK it takes a huge jump of maturity to keep up with everything you have to do. Sucks that he won’t qualify but it’s better than someone else having him.

  9. JHD
    10:52 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Hearns dropped Florida from his list after they said they would not wait around for him to qualify academically. I believe I read it on this very site. These are the kinds of chances we are going to have to take, with the hopes that we can get a kid on the edges who squeaks by but can really play. The top tier programs get the kids who can play and pass classes; case in point is our basketball team. Cal doesn’t have to take chances on kids with bad attitudes or academic problems, because he gets the ones who can do it all. Saban:Cal as Rick Stansbury:Stoops

  10. Jezz
    10:52 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    If he can’t make the grades, he has no business being on the team. I won’t regret him at all. For Christ’s sake when will these athletes understand that not bein a freaking moron matters ?

  11. Common Sense
    10:56 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    I remember high school, and I’m sure we all do. It doesn’t take much to get decent grades in high school. I probably gave 50-75% effort my entire high school career and still got a 3.0. I don’t get how your grades can be THAT bad in high school.

  12. BBN
    10:57 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, what a shocker…UK does not normally land 4 star football recruits. When they do there is a reason, in this case the kid cannot qualify. McWilson is a fluke occurrence and do not be surprised if he surprises us all and flips back to Nebraska or elsewhere on signing day.

  13. Common Sense
    10:58 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, so what 3 and 7 said.

  14. UK Fan
    11:00 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #8, 10 you have it right. This guy is too immature to be going to college, let alone playing football. He was never a viable prospect. Maybe if he grows up, he might have an opportunity.

  15. Lay off
    11:06 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good gracious, give the kid a break. You don’t know him or his circumstances. You have no right to judge him, even if you are right. He is the one who will suffer the consequences of whatever decisions or actions led him to this point. Let’s wish him all the best, hope he gets his grades up, and circles back our way in the future. It won’t help anything to bash the kid publicly. It also makes us look small and petty. So, give it a rest.

  16. kes
    11:11 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    you have to be a total retard not to be able to do good enough in high school to get into a state college, we arent talking harvard here…

  17. Sam
    11:12 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, there was a reason FL was willing to let a 4-star athlete go.

    It’s like when we said goodbye to the “beast” a few years ago when Cal arrived. What was his name? He transferred to play at Okl State or something then got kicked off the team.

    Or like when Kevin Galloway was let go. And later didn’t he end up with troubles? Or Rashad “yo dog” Carruth. Later he had troubles.

    Florida ain’t letting him go unless they are pretty much certain it was a dead end. We shouldn’t fool ourselves.

  18. HeyTroll
    11:12 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    wow 12, you’re name really fooled me into thinking you are a UK fan. Brilliant!

  19. tdogg40330
    11:15 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    More Bachelor repost. Less bad FB news

  20. JoshF
    11:17 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    17 youre speaking of matt pilgram

  21. ALittlePerspective
    11:24 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    To all the posters that are saying things along the lines of “high school is such a cakewalk” – you might want to consider that not everyone has had the same experiences before or during high school as you or most kids have. I know nothing about this kid, but some people are simply born with a low IQ. Or, he may have a learning disability (possibly even undiagnosed), or he could have had no parental involvement and / or poor elementary schooling and never learned to read appropriately for his age, which makes every subject and future grade difficult. He could have been raised in a home that exposed him to environmental toxins that inhibit learning, like lead, or extreme maltreatment that made early learning difficult or impossible due to stress or head trauma. He could have mental impairment due to playing football. Or, he could have been coddled or ignored by teachers for years and developed poor school and study habits, which can be hard for some to overcome. And, there is the possibility that he, for many reasons, is uninterested in learning and / or lazy. But, none of us know, and simply saying that it doesn’t take much to get decent grades in high school is shockingly ignorant of how some children’s lives unfold – often for reasons completely out of the control of the child.

  22. Iron Mike
    11:27 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    12 – We all know that you are just a jealous hater of Big Bro. Keep dreaming that UL is a real football program and not just a midmajor poser jealous of UK. Stoops can outrecruit any UL coach in his sleep.

  23. I Say
    11:34 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    21. and I COULD have been 6’3 235 lbs and ran a 4.5, but Im not. Using all kinds of hypothetical excuses will not work on me. Even in high school if you are struggling that bad the administrators will notice and do what they can to help you and push you on out the door, especially with a kid who is probably a high profile kid around his school. So whats your point?

  24. Just Say'n
    11:39 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #21, just say’n that some kids are willing to put out the effort athletically, but not willing to put out the effort academically. If they can do one they can do the other if they wanted, but in my experience they are too lazy. If they have the athletic ability and/or it comes easy that is the path they take and finally that catches up with them. Oppps, should’a could’a would’a..

  25. Yep
    11:43 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    And #24, everyone gets the blame but themselves.

  26. Stickman
    11:44 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is no surprise to anyone who has kept up with recruiting. He was an early committment to Florida and kept telling the coaching staff he was “almost there” in respect to getting his grades up. Because Florida is a top tier program, they could afford to let him go and better spend their recruiting dollars elsewhere. He came to Stoops saying the same thing,and we’re getting the same results–not being able to qualify due to grades.

    It’s a shame, would have loved to sign him up, but you can’t win them all. At least with Stoops it appears we’ll get more shots at 4 stars than we did with Choker at the helm.

  27. LS
    11:49 am February 1, 2013 Permalink


  28. Jason
    11:50 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    That some of these kids can’t get their grades up in high school or that the school allows them to play while they are doing so poorly is beyond me. Seriously, it’s high school. A place for children. How hard is it?

  29. Yitbos
    12:11 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Attitudes like 21 is part of what is wrong with this country. Always looking for excuses why someone failed….what ever happened to someone just being dumb or lazy? Instead of it could be this or that, if you put any kind of effort into school you should be able to qualify for college ball….you don’t even have to have the same grades/test scores as the average student.

  30. Lay off
    12:11 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    What is the point of continuing to question or criticize the kid for not making his grades? If he didn’t, he didn’t. It’s just that simple. Whether or not he had challenges or excuses is irrelevant. The point is he is not eligible, which is a price he must pay. Still, there is no reason for any of us to jump on him or make fun of him. We should wish him the best and be happy that he wanted to come to UK, even if it was not his first choice. Don’t let your disappointment over losing out on his contribution to the UK football team induce you to beat the kid up for his life choices. It only makes us, as fans, look bad. It’s OK to be disappointed (I am ) but let’s just move on and stop criticizing the young man.

  31. A Little More Perspective
    12:16 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, judgemental much people? Where were you when it was Eric Bledsoe? You do realize a lot of these athletes are NOT pushed, or are passed just so their teams could make playoffs. You have no idea what is or was going on. So you must be a moron if you can’t pass, huh? So the administrators/teachers always notice huh? That’s a big load of BS. Not all schools are alike – and a lot of kids fall through the cracks, especially athletically talented ones. I happened to have had an easy time in highschool too – didn’t have to work that hard and did pretty well. My son, on the other hand, has learning difficulties that are just off the learning disorder spectrum – it’s just enough to make it really hard for him. He’s far from being stupid, and he’s actually quite talented musically. To assume laziness is simply being lazy, arrogant and really judgmental on your part. I hope to God that none of you have to face issues like this, or your kids, if you have them

  32. bluristhurr
    12:43 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    UK took a player in the 04 class Lonell DeWalt from Bowling green, went to school at Warren Central. He took what I consider slow classes. Anyways UK took him the guy couldn’t spell hardly and struggled with basic algebra. The guy straight up couldn’t remember anything but somehow he got to UK basically taking these slow classes his last 2 years. Thats how I assume they got him eligible. He didn’t make it all the way through one year of college before becoming ineligible a awesome 12 hours he had built up in 1 year lol. At least he set some kind of fg/point after blocking record.

  33. StepDad Steve
    12:46 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #21 is on the right track. My stepdaughter is 34 years old, has an IQ of 65, has a memory that won’t quit, knows more people than you or I do, and is unable to add 2 and 3 together to get 5. She graduated from high school in special education classes. She holds down a job, but is not able to live by herself.
    Having some skills in one area doesn’t automatically mean you are skilled in another. Congratulations to all of you who breezed through high school. I had a 3.85 in high school. Does that mean that EVERYBODY should?
    #23 — You are speaking in hypothetical situations; “Even in high school if you are struggling that bad the administrators will notice and do what they can to help you and push you on out the door”. Ha! Which private school do your children attend?

  34. GummyBear
    12:50 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    29.. actually, attitudes like yours is what’s wrong with this country. FYI, by definition, half the people in the country are below average. What’s your point?

  35. Paducahfan
    12:59 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    It always makes me proud when we recruit kids who can’t qualify .

  36. StoopsFan
    1:14 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #6, LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. jamart
    1:27 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone happen to know a nose tackle named Rumph!!!!!! took him two yearsto get here.

  38. Bleed Blue
    1:54 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    All he has to do is take a math class and a Spanish class and then he will be eligible. He will be ok, you people need to quit freaking out.

  39. YouAreIdiots
    4:38 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    You don’t get it…the grades are from core classes only. That 3.0 you speak of was buoyed by gym and art, but those classes don’t count toward qualifying. And if your gpa is lower, say a 2.5 (a kid making Bs & Cs), then your ACT needs to be north of 21…a score that ranks in the 60 th percentile of COLLEGE BOUND students taking it.

    Sure, passing high school classes isn’t hard. But if a kid doesn’t take his freshman year seriously (believe it or not, some 14 year olds are immature), there is suddenly a hole that not all kids are able to dig out of.

    In synopsis, stfu when you don’t know what you are talking about.