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J. Samuel Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869123_walker

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The Crisis in College Sports, 1951

The Crisis in College Sports, 1951

(p.10) 1 The Crisis in College Sports, 1951
ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how John E. Hocutt, the dean of men at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, customarily met individually with all male students near the end of their sophomore year to review their records and evaluate their progress toward graduation. William and Mary was a state-supported institution with an enviable academic reputation. In the spring of 1949, Hocutt, a gruff, no-nonsense administrator, informed a member of the college's football team that an introductory Spanish course he had passed would not count toward his degree. Hocutt explained that since the student had taken two years of Spanish in high school he could not receive credit for freshman Spanish at William and Mary. The student protested that he had never taken Spanish in high school and the transcript that showed his having done so was incorrect. It later came to light that the college's copy of the student's transcript had been altered.

Keywords:   John E. Hocutt, dean of men, College of William and Mary, graduation, state-supported institution, academic reputation

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