Summer class is sticking point for Sinclair
Defensive back Charlton Sinclair thought he had been cleared by the NCAA and expected to report Sunday for his freshman year at USF. But the Jacksonville Mandarin standout got a call late last week from the NCAA requesting more information about a summer Algebra class he took at a small private school, and that's why he hasn't been cleared and now has his status for the fall in jeopardy.
Sinclair took a replacement course to raise his core grade-point average to help him meet the NCAA eligibility requirements, and he said he got the "A" he needed in the class. What remains to be seen is whether the NCAA will accept the grade.
The class was taken at Bethel Holiness Academy, a small private school in Jacksonville. Principal Anna Farris confirmed that Sinclair took the course there. Bethel is registered with the state, but is not certified by the state school board and does not have state-certified teachers. The school offers summer replacement classes at a cost of about $135, Farris said, but it's a "home-based program," a six-week course in which students are only on campus one day a week, but are expected to work on the curriculum five hours a day. Farris said about 30 high school students take their classes in the summer, often to help finish academic requirements for graduation.
She also said USF had overnighted her documents that she received Tuesday, seeking more information about Bethel to pass along to the NCAA on Sinclair's behalf.
Sinclair said Tuesday he's still optimistic of getting cleared by the NCAA and accepted into USF in time to start fall classes later this month. He said he's spoken with both head coach Jim Leavitt and secondary coach Troy Douglas, but also said they'd mentioned "greyshirting" him and deferring his enrollment until January if he isn't cleared before classes start. Sinclair was one of the higher-regarded recruits in USF's incoming class, with a chance to play as a true freshman, so his absence would impact the Bulls' depth in the secondary.