UCLA assistant pressured adviser to change player’s grade?

A report surfaced late Sunday night by The Chronicle for Higher Education which accuses a UCLA Bruins assistant basketball coach of academic wrongdoing.

Per the report, assistant coach Duane Broussard pressured Will Collier, the former academic coordinator for men’s basketball, to change a players grade in order for the player to remain eligible.

“Mr. Collier, 33, who had just completed his first year on the job, contacted Duane Broussard, an assistant coach and the team’s academic liaison. The player, Mr. Collier explained, had received a C-minus in a communications class but needed a B to participate in team activities. The assistant coach, according to Mr. Collier, proposed a plan: Approach the professor about changing the player’s grade,” the report reads.

“That wasn’t the reaction Mr. Collier had expected, not at UCLA, whose storied tradition and reputation for high academic standards he had long revered. When he took the job here, he was aware that the university, like many others, admitted players with academic deficiencies. But he believed that, with the right motivation and support, he could help them succeed.”

UCLA has denied any wrongdoing in this report.

It will be interesting to see whether the NCAA takes action on the report and investigates the school for any possible academic fraud. If they do, it won’t be the first time a university was hit with this kind of scandal at the collegiate level.

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