HBO 'Real Sports' Will Feature University of Oklahoma Academics, "Football Degree"

Gerald Gurney, a former senior associate athletic director at Oklahoma, said that he "made sure" OU student-athletes graduated to comply with the NCAA's academic reform initiative.

The Oklahoma professor agreed when asked if his work helped Saturdays happen at OU football games.

"And there's one like me at every big-time university in the country," Gurney said during a segment airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

Oklahoma, North Carolina and Memphis are featured during an investigative report by HBO correspondent Bernard Goldberg titled "Gaming the System." A press release said "lower admission standards, coupled with higher graduation requirements, meant that many top-flight schools needed to commit resources for learning specialists to ensure that student-athletes measured up."

An advance copy was provided to the Tulsa World by HBO.

Four student-athletes were interviewed, including former OU offensive lineman Eric Mensik, who graduated in 2010.

An Oklahoma athletic department spokesperson said the school would not have a comment —— if any —— until after Tuesday's broadcast. (More at Tulsa World)
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