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The NCAA's gripe is with two classes Hill took while at West Brunswick, a school in his hometown of...

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The NCAA's gripe is with two classes Hill took while at West Brunswick, a school in his hometown of Shallotte, N.C. According to Fletcher, both were computer courses offered regularly and taken by hundreds of students. They took place in a normal classroom with a teacher present but were technically correspondence courses because they involved subjects not offered at West Brunswick. Hill took one of the courses as far back as his sophomore year, and he was only in that class because he'd broken his hand, couldn't take physical education and needed the credit, Fletcher said.

Gentry Estes: Alfy Hill ruled out at Alabama for high school computer courses Gentry Estes has the scoop on what was behind the Alfy Hill situation. Two quick thoughts: (1) This kid was screwed royally, no two ways about it. He was a good student in high school and was doing very well academically at UA. This is the kind of ridiculous behavior on the part of the NCAA that generates all of those horror stories and conspiracy theories. Rest assured this will get the whole 'Bama nation up in arms, and I think rightly so. When you read stories like this, you just want to take every one of those fluff "student-athlete" commercials that the NCAA produces and shove it up their collective asses 'til it spews out their mouth. (2) I suppose it's possible that these courses could get validated again on appeal and Hill could rejoin the team in January. I imagine, though, the odds are against that, so he's probably going to have to go to either JUCO or prep school. I'd hate to see him have to go to JUCO over this and spend two years there while wasting a year of eligibility, but I figure the smart money is on that now. I'm not sure our staff is too keen on the notion of sending a kid to a place like Hargrave after the Bobby Massie fiasco a couple of years back. I'm still holding out hope for prep school, but I'm thinking JUCO may be more likely. Either way, we should find out in the next few days.
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