Don't be a punk


To borrow an expression from the former head ball coach, Patrick Johnson needs to check his facts before he starts accusing somebody of something.

The Pompano Beach All-America cornerback has been spewing stuff to the recruiting services the past week about his red-flagged test score and the role UF played in it. He called Florida officials “cowards” for tipping off the Clearing House about his recent dramatic increase on his ACT exam (reportedly from 16 to 22) after Johnson spurned Florida for LSU.

An early enrollee, Johnson is no longer in class (at LSU) and is in limbo while the Clearing House does its thing. (Most likely, Johnson will have to re-take the ACT, which he claims he’s fine with.)

Here’s the fact: UF had nothing to do with the Clearing House firing up the red flag on Johnson’s questionable test score. This is something the Clearing House did (and always does) on its own. When an athlete’s score suddenly increases by several points, the red flag goes up. The Clearing House doesn’t need to be “tipped off” about someone’s test score. And trust me, UF had nothing to do with the process Johnson is going through right now.

To listen to Johnson tell it, though, the only reason the Clearing House even looked into his score is because Florida told it to. That’s absolutely absurd. Does he think the Clearing House would not have noticed his score unless someone had pointed it out?

Here’s how the process works: the testing agency sends the results of tests directly to the Clearing House. Sometimes it is the testing agency that raises the red flag. Sometimes, it’s the Clearing House. This is where the red flag is coming from on Johnson’s score. Even if UF officials knew about Johnson’s score, they wouldn’t have to say anything to the Clearing House because the Clearing House would have automatically been doing its thing.