Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Key players in FSU academic scandal

Players in the FSU academic scandal

The three people formerly in the Athletics Academic Support Services office:

Brenda Monk

Holder of a doctorate, she was hired as a learning specialist and an assistant director in 2001 and resigned July 5, 2007.

Allegation: She provided improper editing or typing for athletes she believed had learning disabilities, asked a men's basketball player to enter the answers to an online quiz in a psychology class on behalf of a teammate and helped athletes with the answers to online quizzes in a music class either directly or through a study guide she created.

Investigation: In an exclusive interview with the Times in October, Monk said she made a "mistake" in asking one player to key-in test answers for another who had left behind his test form, but she vehemently denied she had committed fraud. She cooperated fully with FSU and NCAA investigators, then, accompanied by her attorney, paid her own way to Indianapolis to appear before the Committee on Infractions.

NCAA finding: The committee found that Monk's "mistake'' did rise to the level of fraud. It found insufficient evidence that she edited papers, but typing constituted an impermissible extra benefit. As for the music class, the committee said the fraud was "facilitated by the flawed process for administering the course exams.''

Status: Now a principal at the Lake City Correctional Facility, Monk has notified FSU that she intends to sue for defamation. She will be seeking $600,000 for her loss of employment income and retirement benefits. The school hasn't yet replied.

Hillard Goldsmith III

A former track and field athlete who received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from FSU, he had been an academic adviser since March 2004. He worked with men's basketball and the men's and women's cross country/track and field programs before he resigned in the summer of 2007.

Allegation: That he told a tutor to provide quiz answers and instructed at least seven student-athletes to take their quizzes when he knew that particular tutor would be there.

Investigation: Goldsmith declined to cooperate with both school and NCAA investigators. The committee, which sent him a letter on Jan. 8 to offer him another chance to respond (he didn't), found that he not only committed academic fraud but that he also violated ethical conduct rules by refusing to help the investigation.

Status: He was "disassociated" from FSU and the athletics program for five years, until at least Aug. 31, 2013, for his lack of cooperation and his involvement in rules violations.

An unnamed tutor

Allegation: Once described as a "rogue" tutor by FSU president T.K. Wetherell, the graduate student (he has since completed his degree) was said to have helped 55 student-athletes with online quizzes in an online music course.

Investigation: He, like Monk, cooperated with investigators and, in one meeting, said Goldsmith "brought people to him" so he could help them on the tests, according to the case summary.

Status: He resigned in the summer of 2007.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

Key players in FSU academic scandal 03/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 6, 2009 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Tech offense gains dimension with addition of RB Treshaun Ward

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — The playbook was pretty simple at Tampa Bay Tech. Snap the ball to quarterback Michael Penix and let him throw all over the field.

    Jaquavious Johnson, left, and Treshaun Ward pose for a portrait during practice at Tampa Bay Tech High School in Tampa on Monday, August 21, 2017.
  2. HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings for Tampa Bay

    Volleyball Preps

    1. Plant

    Last season: 28-4

    This week: Thursday vs. Bloomingdale

    Plant High outside hitter Camryn Vogler (1) hits the ball over the net past St. Thomas Aquinas outside hitter Kirsten Klos (10) during the Class 8A state volleyball final between Plant High and St. Thomas Aquinas at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. St. Thomas beat Plant High 3-0.
  3. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Key roster battles

    Bucs

    Greg Auman looks ahead to tonight's third episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks," and talks about key roster battles that could shift with the Bucs' third preseason game Saturday night against the Browns on our …

    Bucs running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) is hit by middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) while running the ball during training camp. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Rays series preview: Who are the Blue Jays?

    Blogs

    Last week, the Rays faced the Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre, dropping three of four. This week, they'll play three games at Tropicana Field. Here's the information you need to know about Toronto before the action kicks off.

    Third baseman Josh Donaldson hit four home runs in as many games against the Rays last week.
  5. And the most-searched NFL player in Florida is ...

    Bucs

    The Bucs just faced the Jacksonville Jaguars in preseason, and open their 2017 season at the Miami Dolphins. So with the state's NFL competition ahead of and just behind the Bucs, who do you think is the NFL player most searched on Google by Floridians?

    Fans react with excitement moments after the Bucs announce their first-round pick at the team's 2016 NFL draft party. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]