FUMA off the hook in NCAA probe
Sixteen days after the NCAA singled out Fork Union Military Academy as one of 22 high schools in the country whose academic programs were subject to an investigation, NCAA VP of membership services Kevin Lennon issued a statement today saying that NCAA officials have visited the campus, and that FUMA graduates are now officially eligible to compete at the collegiate level.
So if FUMA was so quickly cleared, why were their academics called into question in the first place? "The issues identified centered on irregular course work and grade patterns during enrollment at Fork Union and utilization of course work from Fork Union to rectify NCAA academic deficiencies," says Lennon. While nobody at the NCAA has said for sure, one can infer that "irregular course work" would refer to FUMA's long standing "one subject plan" (as Lennon admitted earlier this week) and that "rectify NCAA academic deficiencies" would refer to FUMA's post-graduate program.
Now that his school has been exonerated, Fork Union president Lt. Gen. John Jackson tells reporters, "Our results speak for themselves. Thousands of students over many generations have improved their academic performance at FUMA by learning the value of focus, self-discipline, and personal accountability,” adding, "we put our faith and trust in the Lord and we were not disappointed."
Additionally, the NCAA has announced that basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, the only other Virginia school on the list, is also no longer under investigation.