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Read the entire article. It is very enlightening.
The school principal confirms that Auburn called in or around June, asking about the "different transcript" (i.e. the one without the changed grades) that they had received.
And there is a second guidance counselor involved. She also apparently changed grades on Robinson's transcript.
Neither guidance counselor is talking... which only makes this a story interesting enough to dig into.
Doesn't Tennessee have one of those new "agent" laws? If this falls under the auspice of money changing hands for athletes, I am sure it could be investigated by the state if they have one of those laws.
This post was edited by hvacigar 23 months ago
"Touch that thang four" - Courtney Upshaw
I suggested this last week in a post. It makes the most sense. She has a relationship with Jovon, so seeing him want to succeed with a financial incentive to boot, would explain her motivation. She doesn't, at least on the surface seem connected to Auburn (the "she's an Auburn grad" was debunked), so why not roll on Auburn? Jovon's mom can see it as an investment. Give somebody 15k to get Jovon in college. Jovon gets exposure in the SEC and gets drafted for bigger NFL money.
That being said Auburn cheats, so whoever says "Burn it to the ground", keep saying it....
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A screen made of smoke.
Not buying the talk.
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She's visibly impaired.
Can somebody copy and paste that Memphis commercial appeal article?
Presented on Aug. 8 with the opportunity to tell Memphis City Schools and NCAA officials why she changed the grades for a former Wooddale High athlete, the counselor went silent.
"She admitted making the changes, yet would not provide a rationale for the changes," William White of MCS wrote in an e-mail to a fellow schools official later that day. "She was certain someone had asked her to make the changes but was reluctant to name anyone who may have been involved."
The next morning, the fourth day of Valerie Starks-Sykes' eighth year with MCS, she resigned.
"Labor Relations met with Ms. Sykes this morning per my recommendation of an immediate suspension," White wrote at 10:18 a.m. on Aug. 9 to Mark Hicks of the NCAA. "Rather than be suspended, Ms. Sykes chose to resign. She continued to be silent regarding a rationale for the changes, and she still would not provide names of anyone else involved."
This is the narrative offered by MCS in 101 pages of emails between system employees and the NCAA that were released to The Commercial Appeal Wednesday in response to an open records request for correspondence about the case, which centers around former Wooddale and Auburn University running back Jovon Robinson. One of the area's top football recruits last year, Robinson was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Aug. 17.
The situation was revealed on Aug. 10, when MCS acknowledged in a statement that a student-athlete's transcript at Wooddale High had been altered and that the employee who admitted to doing so had resigned. MCS said it was tipped three days earlier by the NCAA, which has interviewed or has plans to interview at least five individuals connected to the local prep football scene since the spring.
The e-mails released Wednesday indicate that the NCAA was curious about two student-athletes at Wooddale; their names were redacted throughout. It also referenced two counselors at Wooddale, not just Starks-Sykes.
White, the executive director of MCS' department of research, evaluation, assessment and student information, led the investigation.
In his Aug. 8 e-mail, which he sent to Chantay Branch, coordinator of labor and employee relations, he said he audited one of the Wooddale students' grades the night after initially hearing from the NCAA. "Ms. Sykes' user account was noted as the one which made substantial changes to the student's grades," he wrote.
In an Aug. 10 e-mail to White, Wooddale principal Michael Kyle outlined what he said he knew. On May 18, while checking grades for errors, a teacher for a student whose name was redacted noticed that a grade had been changed from a 70 to a 76. The teacher "changed the grade back to a 70 and that was the grade on the transcript that was released," he wrote.
One month later, Kyle said, Auburn called "asking about a different transcript that was sent," presumably for Robinson. Kyle viewed the transcript and it still reflected a 70, so he ran an audit to see who changed it.
"The audit showed that the senior counselor Ms. Yvette Lynch changed two grades — one (each from two different teachers)," he wrote. Kyle said he attempted to contact Lynch but was unsuccessful. (In other e-mails, it is mentioned that Lynch retired in May.)
"This week," Kyle wrote on Aug. 10, "when student information ran the report and found that a second counselor has gone in and changed grades for the same student just reinforces that a plan must be developed ... to limit access to historical data to only the minimum number of people," Kyle wrote.
Responding to questions from Kyle on June 20, the teacher said he believed that he entered the 70 on May 4, then discovered on May 17 that it had been changed to a 76. He said he changed it back to a 70 that day.
In MCS, a D grade is between 70 and 74. A grade of C is 75 to 84.
MCS said it has not completed its personnel investigation into the Wooddale situation.
Starks-Sykes has not responded to repeated requests for comment. A message left with Lynch Wednesday was not returned.
Starks-Sykes' personnel file indicates that she started work at Wooddale in 2005. Previous stops include schools in Batesville, Miss., Elkhart, Ind., and Oxford, Miss. In her 2005 employment application, she listed a 1996 bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Ole Miss and a 1999 master's degree in education counseling, also from Ole Miss.
On Thursday, Aug. 9, she signed a one-sheet form entitled "Resignation Notification," with "resignation" entered in the "reason for separation" slot.
The NCAA continued to be curious — an Aug. 13 visit to the school was referenced in one of the e-mails and Kyle said in an Aug. 14 email to White that the NCAA representatives "have my faculty rattled," with three teachers set to talk that day.
Hicks of the NCAA told White on Aug. 8 that two NCAA employees were in town that day.
Also how does the NCAA investigating MSU in Memphis possibly tie into all of this? Or could MSU being in the picture help AU get off the hook once again? I think MSU being the school that Cam was being "shopped" to helped AU out a great deal.
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I think they are both dirty and both picked a bad place to be dirty. 1 doesn't affect the other.
I don't buy that on the Cam end. Had MSU's name not been in the picture from the start. AU stood a better shot at getting nailed. Who knows maybe those two have been helping each other? Kinda funny that they are now both being asked questions about being in the same area again?
Looks like a duck. Certainly quacks like one.
So throw that bitch into the water and see.
pure garbage....BURN IT DOWN,....should be par for the course...
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