Northern Arizona University President Dr. Owen F. Cargol has decided that freshman student, Stephen Garnett, will be allowed to try out for the basketball team, but will not be awarded an athletic scholarship for the upcoming academic year. President Cargol left open the possibility of reviewing the matter after the 2001-02 academic year.
President Cargol reached his decision after charging NAU’s Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee with the task of providing him with options for handling the matter. The committee considered the case of Stephen Garnett and the potential impact on NAU’s athletic program, the University and the community in providing their recommendations to Cargol.
Stephen Garnett, a former Winslow High School basketball star, is enrolled as a freshman at NAU.
“Mr. Garnett is welcome to try out for the basketball team, as is any student at NAU. If he chooses to go out for the team and is successful, the Athletic Department and the Dean of Students will evaluate his progress in the classroom, on the court and in the community, and Mr. Garnett may be considered for an athletic scholarship at a later point in his college career at NAU.”
“Clearly, we have the well-being of Mr. Garnett’s academic career, that of the athletic program, and the position of the University-as-a-whole to consider in this situation. I feel this decision is in the best interest of Mr. Garnett, NAU and the entire academic community. An athletic scholarship is an honor bestowed by a university; at NAU, I want it to be clear that our athletic scholarships recognize the importance of being a good athlete, a good student and a good citizen. We shall not require perfection from any student-athlete, but under my administration there will be an expectation for student-athletes that they earn and maintain an athletic scholarship based upon their conduct in the sports arena, in the classroom and in the community,” said Cargol.