Might not hurt to give OSU football coach Jim Tressel a call. The Bucks have had the most Academic All-Big Ten performers EVERY YEAR since Tressel arrived. Every. Year.
How does he do it? One uber-clued in source says it is because of the “The Plan”, which is orchestrated as follows:
Aside from a team of counselors, tutors, and academic professionals, Tressel employs four or five retired high school principals – or “Checkers” - whose sole purpose is to make sure players go to class. The Checkers are equipped with each player's class schedule and a campus map. They stand at the entrance to predetermined classrooms, lecture halls, etc., to ensure punctuality. Rumor has it that players get a five-minute grace period before they incur a penalty. With over 85 scholarship players, they can't check every class, of course. They focus on underclassmen and those not reaching their, uh, academic potential.
So what happens to those that run afoul of The Checkers? Time to pay the piper, as follows:
First offense: Counseling with player, academic advisor and position coach.
Second offense: Counseling with player, parent/guardian, advisor, position coach and Tressel.
Third offense: Loss of ticket privileges to major non-conference game (i.e. USC, Texas, Miami); additional counseling.
Fourth offense: Loss of Michigan ticket privileges; additional counseling.
Fifth offense: Coffeyville.
And Tress’s plan is no secret in the coaching community. Others have taken note of the Bucks’ success on the field AND in the classroom. That is why the plan has virtually been copied at schools like Michigan State (hmm, go figure…), Boston College, Toledo and Tulane.
Nothing works like a little COMMON SENSE, huh? You don't make the grades, you're on the clock. SECOND offense and Tressel gets involved.
For those that don't know, Coffeyville, KS juco is where former NFL/OSU superstar Cris Carter's son, Duron, is enrolled now.