The Purdue University Women's Basketball team was placed on probation for two years on Wednesday after a former assistant coach was found writing a paper for a player and made over 100 impermissible recruiting calls. While the team will not face a post season ban, the Lady Boilermakers will lose three scholarships.
Former Purdue assistant Katrina Merriweather has admitted to typing and revising a paper for guard Cherelle George during the 2005-2006 season. Sociology 220 must have been harder for George than she'd expected. Witness the following email exchange between the two:
10/26/05, 4:45 PM Merriweather to George: Here are some thoughts that should help. Make sure you read it and add your own info from class notes or any textbooks you use. All of my info is from the internet and what I remember...Finally, take a look at this instant-message exchange, one that the NCAA Infractions Committee called its "smoking gun."
10/26/05, 10:16 PM Merriweather to George: Throw away the other one. This one is better and more organized....
11/29/05, 2:43 AM Merriweather to George: Hey, you still have to do the title page and the reference page. I have attached everything you need to do those (two) things. Make sure you reread the paper and make it sound like you.
Merriweather: Hey Girl! I will be finished around 9 p.m...I did most of it over because I wasn't sure if the social issue had to be national or if it could be local.It's no surprise that this sort of violations occur in the world of college sports. But these excerpts are remarkable in that they've been able to get such solid proof of it happening. And to think that if this happened in Women's Basketball, I can only imagine the extents and the fraud that goes on in Men's Basketball and Football. This is the kind of stuff that can take down a program, and with email, IM and more out there, it's only a matter of time before more of this comes out.
George: Stop cakin' and finish the paper...dang!
Merriweather: So, I'm changing it so it will all be national.