Thursday, December 1, 2011
A Couple Of Academic Standouts
University Of Iowa Men’s Basketball players Bryce Cartwright, from Compton, California, and Melsahn Basabe, from Brooklyn, New York, both of whom are expected to be declared academically ineligible shortly after the first of the year and, as a result, unable to compete in intercollegiate athletics.
One would never be able to guess, from the photograph alone, that these individuals are not cut out for academic achievement. Seldom have I seen two more dedicated, clean-cut, scholarly-looking student-athletes.
And, for the record, I vigorously denounce the many comments on Iowa sports message boards suggesting that these two players have well-known substance-abuse problems and are routinely referred to throughout Iowa City and environs as “those two potheads”.
After all, everyone knows that the University Of Iowa Athletic Department does NOT tolerate drug use and that the Iowa Athletic Department’s drug-testing program is pure as the driven snow.