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Steven M. Sipple: NU linebacker Barry speaks his mind, and his degree adds weight to words

Sims said Mills spent the past several weeks trying to raise his GPA to a cumulative 2.5, the required minimum needed to transfer to Division I. Sims generally had his facts straight. But that wasn't the problem, Barry said. The issue, he said, was a coach laying out those facts publicly.

"As players, we respect our coaches as men," Barry told the Journal Star last week. "If any person you respect embarrasses you in front of the world, you take that to heart. When you're talking about academics, people correlate that to, 'Oh, is he smart or stupid?