We've never played the academic "game" right. You redshirt a couple guys along the way (giving them an extra year) and find a towel waver or two to ride the pine and get a degree and then you have more than enough cover for the guys who do just enough to stay eligible and go pro. Replace Chad Wise and Darius Smith and Rob Garrison and Ben Eaves with Connecticut guys happy to wave a towel for State U and get a degree and our GSR doubles, since we're talking such a small sample size. Our top players/recruits have also been consistently good students along the way - Ray, Rip, Khalid, Ricky, Taliek, Emeka, Ben, Rudy, Thabeet, Dyson, Kemba, Oriakhi. None had issues with qualifying or went to dIploma mills or were close to ineligible in college or made you cringe when they spoke publicly. Maybe Caron had issues qualifying, but I'd be surprised if he didn't work hard in the classroom given his background. Also not sure about Blair Academy where Charlie V went, but Luol Deng went there and got into Duke, so it can't be that bad. I recall five guys with qualifying/Clearinghouse issues - Saunders, Mouring, Souley, Deng and Nate Miles. Two of them graduated (Ed graduated with two degrees, Souley got his fourth year back after he graduated), one graduated from Fairfield, one dropped out after his senior season ended (Albie) and we'll never know about the last. To the person who asked about AJ, he was only in school six semesters, since he took a medical leave one year and was suspended from school the next. Stanley also was only in school seven semesters (and left one in the middle for a personal leave). Both guys are GSR/APR hits, but without the medical issues, they might have been fine. Rashad also likely fell behind when he was hospitalized for weeks with a staph infection and almost died.