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Cromartie's illiterate tweets explained.....

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by matilack, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=4737281


    Seminoles helped by 'LD' diagnoses

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As the learning specialist working with the most academically challenged athletes at Florida State, Brenda Monk was confronted each year with recruits who would seem to have little chance of surviving on a college campus. Their deficiencies were laid out in transcripts and psycho-educational reports submitted during the admissions process.

    Sometimes, the athletes knew exactly what they were up against. She recalls a conversation with one such player in her office at Doak Campbell Stadium.

    "You might as well know right off the bat, I can't read," he told her.

    "Then how are we going to get through these college classes?" she asked.

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    A 2001 photo of former FSU learning specialist Brenda Monk, right, with Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden and Monk's daughter, Allison.

    "It's easy," he responded. "You get to read to me."

    And so she did, Monk says, spending about 20 hours a week by his side, turning classroom texts into passages to be absorbed orally, and making flash cards to improve his memory. He qualified for the help, she says, because he was learning disabled, or LD.

    To some, such arrangements are a recipe for abuse -- just the latest angle athletic departments use to get, and keep, marginal students eligible for competition. Indeed, Monk, who was forced to resign from FSU in 2007 after six years, is accused by the NCAA of academic fraud and unethical conduct -- accusations she has asked the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee to overturn -- for allegedly doing too much work for athletes.

    But as a former special education teacher and administrator who worked with the educationally disadvantaged in the Mississippi school system, the above case highlights the benefits of recognizing learning disabilities in academically at-risk athletes. She says a diagnosis of dyslexia or some other learning disability can be the key to leveling the playing field with students who arrive on campus with superior educational backgrounds and no neurological deficits.
     
  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Chargers' Cromartie singled out in ESPN report on Florida State
    Posted by Michael David Smith on December 13, 2009 9:42 AM ET
    ESPN's Outside the Lines did a lengthy investigation into the role of academics in Florida State's football program, and the report that ran on ESPN Sunday morning singled out one former Seminole, Antonio Cromartie, as a player who particularly struggled academically when he was on campus.

    The Outside the Lines report quoted a former teammate and classmate of Cromartie's as saying that Cromartie's reading level was so low that he could only read a word or two every minute.

    Cromartie, currently a San Diego Chargers cornerback, declined to be interviewed for the piece, and ESPN reported that Cromartie's agent, Gary Wichard, also wouldn't give an interview but did acknowledge that Cromartie has language deficiencies.

    Although the tone of the ESPN report seemed to suggest that the Florida State investigation had uncovered something scandalous, the same facts could have just as easily been turned into a profile praising Cromartie for overcoming his learning disabilities and becoming a success in his chosen profession.

    Perhaps if Cromartie had granted ESPN an interview, that's what it would have been.
     
  3. sickswonnyne

    sickswonnyne Well-Known Member

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    Well good for Cromartie, either way. He surely has gone a long way for someone who should be so disadvantage. I don't care if he cheated the system or was a victim of the system, that is definately maximizing what talents you do have.

    It's just too bad noone stopped to actually help him out along the way.
     
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  4. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    Word.
     
  6. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    On one hand I feel bad for the guy, on the other I don't really believe he has a learning disability, more that it was a cover for his bad grades.
     
  7. LV Bolt Fan

    LV Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

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    Whats really too bad is that there are a bunch of kids that can't go to college because they can read but can't play football. :yes:
     

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