NCAA Clears Kessman's School Work

It is a sad state of affairs when a jump in a student athlete's grades automatically raises the suspicions of the NCAA Clearing House. Unfortunately for future BYU wide receiver Ryan Kessman, doubts caused by other athletes taking shortcuts to eligibility resulted in the delay of his career as a Cougar.

Ryan Kessman is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Division I wide receiver at Brigham Young University. After reviewing all of the school work Kessman did at a private Christian school prior to transferring to San Jacinto High School, the NCAA informed the Cougar signee that they will accept his transcript and allow him to compete for BYU.

"Oh man, I'm really excited," said Kessman. "I'm big time happy about it. They've accepted all my school work, and I'm really excited now that they finally got it through and the appeal went through and everything. It's just a big load off of my shoulders now, and everything is pretty much good to go."

"They wanted to make sure that he didn't cheat his way through the classes and that he did the work," said Ryan's father Steve Kessman. "They saw all the work he did. We inundated them with all the work he had done. There must have been around 40 reports, essays and everything from Adam and Eve to Queen Victoria to Shakespeare. You name it, he pretty much did it, and all those reports were turned in to them along with over 40 copies of books that we had sent in to show that he did absolutely everything he was supposed to do. All of this work is more than he would have had to do if he was in a public school."

While attending the private Christian school, Ryan buckled down with the goal of graduating early with a high GPA so he could enroll at BYU for the winter semester and participate in spring camp. His hard work and diligence towards his schooling did not go without notice. A teacher was so impressed with Kessman's work that she kept everything he did to use as an example for the other students. If she had not done so, Kessman may not have been able to provide the NCAA inquisitors with everything they requested.

"Ryan was the first one to have come through that school that has completed every single report, every single assignment and every single book in every class that was required," explained Steve. "She used all of those reports and books as an example of what other students need to do."

With proof from an impressed high school teacher – who, fortunately for the Kessman family and BYU, happened to keep all of Ryan's school work – the NCAA had to accept Ryan's coursework. However there is one small obstacle remaining before Kessman clears the NCAA red tape.

Because San Jacinto does not offer an algebra B class, Ryan took a full year of algebra A. However, the second semester covered at San Jacinto is the same curriculum that is required by the NCAA Clearing House as algebra B. The only difference is that it course is not called "algebra B." The NCAA is now deciding on whether or not San Jacinto's full year course will be accepted. It is an interesting situation considering the fact that the NCAA has declared San Jacinto's core curriculum as compliant.

"Right now it doesn't look like San Jacinto is going to let him back in since he officially graduated from there," said Steve Kessman. "He has already missed three weeks of school but we can go back on Tuesday and get him enrolled back in a private school without any trouble and get him started in this class that he might or might not need. We won't know until all of his classes are calculated with all these scores that are being brought up from the private school. Everything is being sent down to the Clearing House.

"If he needs anything it will be a physical science or an algebra B class, so it will be up to us to see what class he wants to take as long has he has another unit. He could have 13.5 or 14 units, but we don't know until they add all the classes up. If he has 13.5, Ryan will have the choice to either take a physical science class or that one math class. He can't have any more English classes because he's exhausted all of that."

Even if he does have to take another class, Ryan will be relieved that there will be no more hurdles to clear. He now knows that it is not a matter of if but when he will be a Cougar.

"You know whatever decision they make isn't going to hurt too much," said Kessman. "They've accepted everything else and I might need to take one home study course on-line, which is no big deal. Whatever decision they make isn't going to affect me getting into BYU now, so it's fine with me now that the hard part is gone. Hey, if anything, I know I'm going to BYU no matter what. Whatever they decide, I'll do. It's no big deal because it will be home studies, so I won't have to go back to the school. I'm excited because now, no matter what, I'm going to BYU."

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