Seminoles helped by ‘LD’ diagnoses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As the learning specialist working with the most academically challenged athletes at Florida State, Brenda Monk was confronted each year with recruits who would seem to have little chance of surviving on a college campus. Their deficiencies were laid out in transcripts and psycho-educational reports submitted during the admissions process.

Sometimes, the athletes knew exactly what they were up against. She recalls a conversation with one such player in her office at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“You might as well know right off the bat, I can’t read,” he told her.

“Then how are we going to get through these college classes?” she asked.

“It’s easy,” he responded. “You get to read to me.”

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12/14/09