Can you pass “Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball”?

From ESPN:

If you were enrolled in Jim Harrick Jr.'s Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball course at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2001, you were drilled on such subjects as basketball, basketball and even basketball.

How many points for a field goal? What league does Georgia compete in? What color are the uniforms? These are just a few of the piercing questions Harrick inflicted on his class.

Take the test and see if you pass.

I want to know how you can possibly grade a multiple choice question that asks you to express an opinion (question 20). An essay question I can see; you get graded on how well you justify your opinion. But a multiple choice question?

"Wrong. That's not your opinion."

Comments (15)
  1. MilesArcher says:

    You’d think they’d have some standards at Georgia. At least asking what a zone defense is, or to diagram the pick and roll.

  2. Steve Mallam says:

    Since the examiner is one of the answers, I suspect this question could be re-worded as "Do you want to pass this course?" Yes / No :-)

    I found questions 5, 6 and 8 more amusing. I’m English and don’t know much about basketball but I’d hope I could guess these.

    This is where I find out there are only 3 "quarters" in a high school game, isn’t it? :-D

  3. Phil Scott says:

    You are forgetting an important aspect of the coach / player relationship. As a player, you don’t have an opinion when it comes to basketball. What the coach says, goes.

    If you’ve seen UNC or Kansas playing this year, a common theme is "these teams are going to be great once they buy into [insert new coach here]’s system."

  4. Brad C. says:

    It appears as if the original final exam may have been in open-answer format and that ESPN may have Multiple Choice-ified it for ease in online scoring. This would make question 20 a valid question, albeit still one hard to get wrong.

  5. njkayaker says:

    I think ESPN was making a JOKE with the "multiple choice OPIONION" question.

  6. Raymond Chen says:

    The Associated Press printed it in multiple choice format, too, so I’m inclined to believe it was multiple choice originally.

  7. brian says:

    The dumbest part is that there’s no reason for the test to be so simple. In order to play at that level, you have to understand the game pretty well. I bet those kids could give intelligent answers to questions like "when do you play a 2-1-2 zone defense vs. a 2-3 zone?" For a variety of reasons, college athletes sometimes have trouble with their academics, but basketball is one thing they do know! It’s insulting to the players that the test was so easy. Not to mention that it’ll get him in a heap of trouble.

  8. Mat says:

    Actually, the saddest thing is it wasn’t a joke. More sadly, a majority of people missed the "field of 65" question on espn.

    I bet some of them even copied.

  9. njkayaker says:

    Then, Jim Harrick Jr. meant it as a joke. (If he was serious, that would be the "scariest" thing.)

  10. Mike Dunn says:

    There are 65 teams in the tourney, not 64? How does that work?

  11. Phil Scott says:

    Mike, the "worst" two teams out of 65 play each other prior to the tournament to decide who gets sacrificed vs the #1 team in the nation.

    Here’s a pretty good rundown:

  12. Norman Diamond says:

    I already failed because the URL being submitted with answers includes the pseudo-English word "incomming" instead of "incoming".

    In another thread I mentioned ongoing use of .ini files. In fact the key names are usually specified by the customer, and the key names often include misspelled English words. (Not abbreviations, just plain misspellings.) Of course in such cases I have to take care not to accidentally spell a word correctly. Let there be no doubt that backwards compatibility with existing specifications is MANDATORY.

  13. brian says:

    The 65th team was added just a few years ago, IIRC. I don’t remember the rationale for the expansion.

  14. Raymond Chen says:

    The rationale is obvious: To increase viewership. The same reason baseball expanded its playoffs from 4 teams to 8.

  15. Eddie says:

    The rationale was that a new conference was added and every conference’s champion gets an automatic bid to the tournament. Rather than reduce the number of at-large bids, they increased the tournament field by 1.

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