BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham school board decided
Friday to let basketball star Eric Bledsoe keep a grade that helped
him gain NCAA eligibility to play at Kentucky.
Superintendent Craig Witherspoon said a teacher claims Bledsoe
completed makeup work to justify a higher grade in an algebra
course during the 2008-2009 school year. The mark was switched from
an "C" to an "A" after that.
Witherspoon said an investigation found no documentation to
justify the improvement. But, he says, an investigation didn't
prove that it was improper, either.
Questions have been raised about high school grades that allowed
Bledsoe to qualify with the NCAA to play at Kentucky. Bledsoe left
the Wildcats after one season and is now a rookie with the NBA's
Los Angeles Clippers.
Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said the school
maintained its reliance on the high school, the university and the
NCAA for initial eligibility.
"At no point was the University of Kentucky under investigation
by the NCAA nor had any reason to believe we were ever under
investigation," he said in a statement.