St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman told FOX 26 Sports on Thursday if he chooses to retire this offseason, he has a plan in place which includes returning to Rice University to finish his degree and work as a student assistant for Owls baseball coach Wayne Graham.
Berkman has already reached out to the academic advisor for athletics at Rice to help him get ready for his return to college for the first since time 1997 should he choose to go that route.
Berkman is considering retiring because of a chronically sore right knee. His immediate goal is to get as healthy as possible and help the Cardinals make the playoffs.
...“If I do decide to retire my next move is going to be to enroll at Rice and to be a student assistant for the baseball team,” Berkman said.
“I’ve talked to the academic advisor at Rice, Julie Griswold (associate director of academic advising for athletics), and she’s kind of helping me put some thoughts together about how to go about it,” Berkman said.
“She’s talked to the administration about ‘can I continue and just go ahead and get the coaching and teaching degree even though that’s not a current (plan)?’
“In other words was I grandfathered in on that or am I going to have to pursue another degree, which I already have a lot of the hours required for a kinesiology degree for example.
Hopefully I can just get grandfathered in and keep going. If not, it’s not a disaster.”
Posted: September 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM | 65 comment(s)
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