More than a dozen football powers pursuing blue chip offensive line recruit Seantrel Henderson have stated today that they are rescinding scholarship offers to the high school All-American after it was discovered he received a C-plus in algebra this marking period.
"Seantrel is probably the greatest high school offensive lineman I have ever seen and I would love to have him suit up in a Gators uniform," said Florida head coach Urban Meyer. "But Florida is an institution of higher learning, and we place academics far above athletic achievement here. C-plus work just won't cut it."
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel echoed Meyer.
"C-plus is average work," he said. "We don't admit students to Ohio State who are merely average, and that includes athletes. We are very proud of the standards we have set for our program, even if it negatively impacts us on the field, and we will not compromise them under any circumstance."
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops says a player who struggles with algebraic concepts usually struggles with football concepts.
"I can't prove it for sure, though, as I've never taken a player with anything lower than a B-plus average," he says.
Henderson says his C-plus is due to the fact that he missed more than a week of school before Christmas due to strep throat.
"I worked as hard as I possibly could to make up the work, but missing the pre-exam review was too much to overcome," he said. "I had a B-plus average before the test, but I got a C on the exam and that really hurt my grade. I was hoping all the schools interested in me would be more understanding especially since I got a 2250 on my SAT but they seem to take a no excuses, no second chances approach with recruits."
USC coach Lane Kiffin says he doubts Henderson, no matter how talented he is, will find any school willing to take him now.
"Maybe some junior college, but that's a big maybe," said Kiffin. "Kids like this must remember they need to put their focus on off-the-field things like academics and community service if they want to be part of major college football. No program that I know of is going to put up with players with poor grades and poor character just for wins and success on the field. College football is bigger than that."