Just spoke with Ellen Tripp, interim directror for UConn’s Counseling Program, who since January added mens basketball to her title of academic counselor for womens basketball and football the last 11 years. I’m doing a story featuring Ellen and her role coming up in a few days. She said a lot of interesting things. And I mean a lot. This was mong them.
“We’re extremely lucky to be in an environment where we have, I mean having Warde [Manuel] come in as our athletic director has been an incredible gift for us,” Tripp said. “His commitment to academics is something that I haven’t seen here before and I’ve been here about 15 years. He meets individually with every student who is under a 2.0 GPA and talks to them about the reasons why and what their plan is and how he can help. He’s very involved in creating a strong academic culture here. It comes from the top.”
Also, did you know Manuel is reviewing recruit transcripts before admission?
Student comes before athlete. It always has and always will…