I don't understand how this is news
COLUMBUS, Ohio — While only a freshman, Maurice Clarett emerged as a star tailback last fall and helped lead Ohio State to an undefeated season and the national championship. But Clarett's work in the classroom was not as assured as his moves on the football field, and he received some unusual assistance to pass one of his courses.
Clarett walked out of a midterm exam last fall in an introductory course in African-American and African studies without completing the exam. He never retook the midterm and did not take the final exam. But he passed the course after taking oral exams instead, an Ohio State official said.
For one, the idea of a "student"-athlete getting special treatment being a new thing is just so crazy and out of touch with reality that it's hard to take any of this seriously.
But it started to get me thinking about this Calpundit post
The uranium story is important not because it was a linchpin of the administration's argument for war, but simply because it's a smoking gun.
In 1987, with Iran/Contra closing in, Ronald Reagan and his advisors were genuinely afraid of the possibility of impeachment. And why not? After all, no one seriously doubts that Reagan knew what was going on. But in the end, John Poindexter took the fall, no smoking gun was ever found, and the Democratic Congress never brought charges.
Flash forward to 1998. Conservatives had been convinced for years that Bill Clinton lied and abused his position relentlessly. But their furious assaults went nowhere until they found a stained dress. Then, despite the fact that sex with an intern was surely the least of all the charges against him, impeachment became a reality.
Still, I think it's silly to pretend that star-athletes who play for colleges are there for a degree. Also, taking a makeup oral exam hardly seems out of line. I went to a small engineering school with no sports program and we had the concept of a makeup exam.