Monday, January 27, 2014

Report: SMU star basketball freshman Keith Frazier had grade changed to graduate high school

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Keith Frazier, a freshman guard for the SMU Mustangs, is in the hot seat after a report from WFAA TV in Fort Worth alleges that the former McDonald's All-American had a failing grade changed to a passing one in order to graduate from high school.

On May 29, Frazier reportedly had a failing grade in physics changed to a passing a week after Frazier had already completed his classes at Kimball High School in Dallas. According to the report, an athletic coach and teacher's assistant Demarco King pressured Frazier's physics teacher into changing the star recruit's grade. When the physics teacher refused to so, King told investigators he changed the grade himself, according to WFAA.

Now, the Dallas Independent School District is looking further into the matter, raising questions about whether Frazier should have graduated, in addition to trying to uncover what SMU coaches knew about Frazier's grade situation.

As of Monday morning, Frazier's status with the team was unchanged.

The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 5.6 points in 16.4 minutes per game for Larry Brown's team this season. The Mustangs are currently sporting a 16-4 record and are in position to make the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in two decades.

Via USA Today

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