Friday, February 27, 2009

73 Year Old College Hoops Player Ruled Inelgible For Failing Spanish (CLASSIC)

I guess some things never change. No matter what your age is, learning Spanish can be a bitch!  Ken Mink, the 73 year old who played for the Roane State (Tennessee) junior college basketball team has been ruled academically ineligible by the NJCAA because of his inability to grasp the Spanish language and follow the rules on taking courses at another school.  Check it:

"His season was cut short by four games after being notified last week that the National Junior College Athletics Association had ruled him ineligible to play.  The NJCAA ruled that Mink had failed to receive proper permission to take a course from a school other than Roane State.  Mink had enrolled in a sociology course through Strayer University when he realized during the fall semester that he might fail a Spanish course.

He continued taking the Spanish course, though he didn't pass, and finished the semester with the NJCAA minimum 12 hours of credit that included the Strayer University sociology course.

Roane State was ordered to forfeit a game against Hiwassee, one in which Mink scored two points.

This not the first time Mink has been told he couldn't play college basketball. Fifty-two years ago, Mink was coming off a solid freshman season at tiny Lees College in Kentucky and eyeing a Division I scholarship.  But when the coach's office was "soaped" - shaving cream filled his shoes and covered the walls - Mink was accused.  He pleaded innocent but was expelled."

That's too bad.  This was a nice story and it seemed like he was fitting in with the team nicely.  As much as it sounds like a joke, the guy looks like he can actually ball a little bit.  Although he is super slow, he is still in decent shape and he looks much younger than 73.  He even scored 5 points this season which is pretty incredible.  Good luck to Ken Mink in whatever he decides to do for the rest of his life.  I hope I have that much energy and motivation when I am his age some day.

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