American Renaissance

Passing This Class Is a Slam Dunk

Steve Harvey, L. A. Times, Mar. 10

The jokes are still bouncing back and forth over the revelation that Pepperdine alumnus Jim Harrick Jr. taught a full-credit class for basketball players at the University of Georgia with such examination questions as: “How many points does a 3-point shot account for?” Said Jay Leno: “I don’t know who’s more embarrassed — the university, the coach or the six players who got the answer wrong.”

Another question posed by Harrick was: “Diagram the half-court line on a basketball court.”

Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Downey was surprised that one question was left off the test: “Spell ESPN.” I guess if Harrick had been teaching a history class, he would have resurrected the consolation question asked of contestants on Groucho Marx’s old TV quiz show: “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?”