Landesberg's suspension and Bennett's policy on attending class
It appears that the academic issue that caused Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg's suspension involved class attendance -- or lack thereof. The Daily Progress is reporting that the course in question was an art class.
In answering a question about Coach Tony Bennett's policy on attending, Bennett said, "Sylven's situation was where he was at a lot of his other classes. This was one, obviously, it didn't happen. It was unfortunate. It was clear that with the team starting, there would be potential suspensions, punishments, what have you."
Bennett said it's the players' responsibility to attend class, although there are random class checks to see if players are attending. In addition, each week players discuss their classes with someone from the academic support staff, explaining where they stand and what they've learned.
"There's a lot of communication, random class checks, and guidelines established, like, this is what we expect from you," Bennett said. "Not only attendance, but class participation, and how you go about it. Those are things that are set up."
At Washington State, Bennett remembered football coaches having a piece of paper that players needed professors to sign for attending class. Bennett said this is something he might considering installing.
"There's always going to be loopholes," Bennett said. "Maybe I'm too old school in my thinking that if you expect and demand your players to work hard on the practice, expect them to go to class and perform, then you have to take people on their word on those things."
March 9, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
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