If you want a feel-good moment, check out Harry King’s column on former Hog basketball player Dean Tolson, about to receive a master’s degree at UA after finishing his athletic career years ago with a transcript full of Fs and, by his testimony, illiterate.

The column doesn’t delve deeply into the hows and whys of the long-ago academic failure amid continuing athletic eligibility. It focuses on Tolson’s late blooming as a student. But it does say, “Because he was a basketball player, he said he never worried about flunking out at Arkansas.”


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