Jan 29, 2015
Coach resigns amid allegations of grade tampering

A Michigan high school basketball coach who was suspended last week amid grade tampering allegations has resigned.

Oak Park High School boys basketball coach Bryant Tipton was accused of changing his players’ grades to maintain their eligibility. He was suspended Jan. 23 and resigned Monday during a meeting with school superintendent Daveda Colbert.

From the Detroit Free Press:

The Oak Park district demands athletes maintain a 2.0 grade point average to remain eligible, which is more rigid than the Michigan High School Athletic Association minimum standard that mandates a student must be passing four classes, without regard to GPA.

Colbert pointed out that Oak Park students with learning disabilities or cognitive impairments do not have to meet the 2.0 standard to be eligible, but they must meet the MHSAA guidelines.

“This, of course, is making a mess out of my district and I hate that because one person should not spoil this, Colbert told the Free Press. I have kids on there with 3.9s, nobody’s talking about them — nobody changed their grades. And that’s not even the story I want told. I just don’t want them to make a mess out of kids who really work hard and do what they’re supposed to do.”

Tipton was 21-10 at Oak Park, but no amount of success will save your job from something like this. Perhaps finding mentors for the struggling student-athletes would have been the best approach.

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Coach resigns amid allegations of grade tampering

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

A Michigan high school basketball coach who was suspended last week amid grade tampering allegations has resigned.

Oak Park High School boys basketball coach Bryant Tipton was accused of changing his players’ grades to maintain their eligibility. He was suspended Jan. 23 and resigned Monday during a meeting with school superintendent Daveda Colbert.

From the Detroit Free Press:

The Oak Park district demands athletes maintain a 2.0 grade point average to remain eligible, which is more rigid than the Michigan High School Athletic Association minimum standard that mandates a student must be passing four classes, without regard to GPA.

Colbert pointed out that Oak Park students with learning disabilities or cognitive impairments do not have to meet the 2.0 standard to be eligible, but they must meet the MHSAA guidelines.

“This, of course, is making a mess out of my district and I hate that because one person should not spoil this, Colbert told the Free Press. I have kids on there with 3.9s, nobody’s talking about them — nobody changed their grades. And that’s not even the story I want told. I just don’t want them to make a mess out of kids who really work hard and do what they’re supposed to do.”

Tipton was 21-10 at Oak Park, but no amount of success will save your job from something like this. Perhaps finding mentors for the struggling student-athletes would have been the best approach.

To read the complete story, click here .






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