August 30th, 2012 09:48 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Memphis City School, NCAA, Starks Sykes, Valerie Starks Sykes
Running back Jovon Robinson’s career at Auburn ended before it even began. The NCAA ruled the AU signee ineligible after a guidance counselor at his high school — Wooddale High in Memphis — admitted earlier this month to having changed his transcript.
According to The Memphis Commercial-Appeal, the Memphis City School system is still trying to figure out why Valerie Starks-Sykes fixed the grades:
“She admitted making the changes, yet would not provide a rationale for the changes. She was certain someone had asked her to make the changes but was reluctant to name anyone who may have been involved.”
That came from an internal email sent between MCS schools on August 8th. On August 9th, Starks-Sykes resigned her post at the school. (Well, Jimmy Conway from “Goodfellas” would sure like that dame: “Never rat on your friends.”)
The emails — which were released yesterday — reveal that the NCAA started asking questions about two players at Wooddale and two counselors, not just Starks-Sykes, but all their names were redacted. The principal at the school also said via email back on August 14th that NCAA investigators “have my faculty rattled.”
Rattled is how everyone associated with Memphis recruiting should feel right about now. From Auburn’s situation to the one involving Mississippi State and beyond, it’s clear the NCAA is targeting the Bluff City. Any SEC school trying to tap into the wealth of talent in that city had better be doing so on the up-and-up… and they’d better hope that’s how they’ve been behaving all along.
I have a feeling we’re nowhere near the end of this Memphis saga.
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