Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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Remember Jason McElwain? He's the austistic youth who scored 20 points in less than four minutes during a varsity basketball game in suburban Rochester, N.Y., nearly two years ago when he was allowed to suit up and play in his only high school game.

McElwain is now an author. The Game of My Life: A True Story of Challenge, Triumph and Growing Up Autistic was co-written with Daniel Paisner and published by Penguin Group. The book goes on sale Feb. 5 and a kick-off party is planned that evening at the Wegmans supermarket near Rochester, where McElwain works in the bakery.

McElwain, hesitant to shoot in the game until his teammates coaxed him, made six 3-pointers that night for Greece (N.Y.) Athena High School. It became the stuff of highlight reels and You-Tube views around the world, earned him an ESPN ESPY award for "Best Moment," and he went to meet President Bush.

McElwain, known to his friends as "J-Mac," will appear on NBC's Today, Feb. 7 and on CNN's Larry King Live later in the month.


Nebraska's football program has decided to reward its coaches for strong academic performances by the players, starting with new coach Bo Pelini (right). He will get up to $250,000 more per year if the program reaches stated academic milestones, the second highest total for a coach in the nation. Jim Tressel gets $300,000 at Ohio State.

However, isn't this supposed to be part of the job? Coaching a college sport, if we are to believe all the lofty language in the school's media guide and the hollow pontificating by coaches, is supposed to be about the entire package. Don't they call them student-athletes?

How about this Bo: if your players don't perform academically, your pay gets docked.

If you carry this pay-for-grades trend to other extremes:

Tiger Woods will get a bonus from Nike for not nudging his ball out of the rough with his latest pair of shoes from the Swoosh. …

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