Slam Dunk!

updated 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Q. How can a college hoops coach be sure his players get passing grades? A. Give them this no-brainer exam

Shockingly, college jocks aren't always credited with major brainpower. So former University of Georgia assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. was taking no chances when he devised a foolproof final exam for the hoops coaching class he taught there in the fall of 2001. Among the 20 multiple choice questions: How many quarters are in a high school basketball game?

Harrick, 39, and his father, the Georgia Bulldogs' former head coach, Jim Harrick Sr., 65, had already both been forced out of the university before the test came to light March 2 as part of an N.C.A.A. probe of alleged improprieties in the program. (Both Harricks deny the allegations—which include academic fraud and ethical violations—and are suing to clear their names.) But the damage to the school's rep was already done. Not surprisingly, everyone in the class got an A—even the three students who didn't show up for the test.

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