Memphis City Schools and NCAA disagree about student's credits

A Mid-South student's college football dreams have been sidelined because of a curriculum question at a Memphis City School.

Until recently, LaDerrick Taylor was on top of the world.  His hard work paid off.  After a successful senior year playing football for Manassas High School last fall, he was ready to play college football at Ole Miss, on a scholarship.

Then, Vaughn lost his scholarship, sidelined because of a problem with his high school credits from Manassas High School.  According to the NCAA, Vaughn only has 13 and 1/2 of the 14 credits required by the NCAA.  According to the NCAA, an Algebra 1 class Vaughn took at Manassas is not college preparatory, leaving him 1/2 credit short.

Memphis City Schools spokesperson Renee Malone said the district stands behind its curriculum.  "We contacted the NCAA clearinghouse, as well as representatives of Ole Miss, to let them know in our opinion LaDerrick has completed the necessary course work to be eligible," she said.

Vaughn's problem is not enough math credits, because he passes Algebra 1 and 2, and geometry.  He just doesn't have the extra 1/2 credit he needs.

Malone said MCS Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson contacted The NCAA on behalf of Vaughn, and the interim principal at Manassas High School sent letters trying to explain the situation.  Still, the NCAA says Vaughn does not have enough credits.

Vaughn, who had taken two classes this summer at Ole Miss, has returned to Memphis, where according to one of his coaches, he will try to get a waiver from the NCAA.  If that happens, he should be able to attend Ole Miss in the spring.