Recruit: College Career Shipwrecked By Spellcheck

WFAA’s Brett Shipp of NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES in Dallas reports that local high school hoops star and Mizzou top recruit Tony Mitchell will probably lose his scholarship - and not graduate from high school - thanks to attending a dubious school his junior year.

Tony Mitchell

Center of Life Academy is a private school accredited by a home schooling association that is not recognized by DISD.

Sources tell News 8 that 14 of the high school credits Mitchell brought with him from the Miami school were not transferable at Pinkston High School.  But last November, Principal Norma Villegas let Mitchell quickly make up the credits.

Tony Mitchell

Sources said he took the equivalent of nine course make-up exams in two days  —  five of them over a two-hour period.

Mitchell passed every test, and — in just a matter of hours — went from being a freshman at Pinkston to qualifying as a senior.

One of WFAA’s primary ways of discrediting the “Center of Life” Miami high school was to display spelling errors from a website that apparently represents the institution. While I couldn’t find the URL myself, I did locate a primitive web presence promoting the basketball team.

No idea where the screen shots came from though, as WFAA curiously didn’t provide the web address.

What’s also fascinating about the report is why Dallas Pinkston school principal Norma Villegas and basketball coach Nicholas Smith weren’t questioned by WFAA about Mitchell’s eligibility. News 8 added in the report that Coach Smith is being suspended for one game next season but doesn’t explain way.

So with the story hopelessly incomplete, it’s impossible to really know why Mitchell would transfer to such a bogus, unaccredited school and how and why Pinkston officials got away with clearing him to play in the first place. Where was the DISD the entire time?

If Mitchell does end up not graduating from high school and loses his scholarship to MU, Villegas and Smith should both be dismissed from their duties.