Going to quote an article from Alan Brogan just after his retirement.
'Lots of people remember Dr Cullen Park in 2002 as our first match under Tommy Lyons and the ‘jovial’ atmosphere of the crowd that came to watch us play Wexford that Saturday evening. But I remember my inter-county debut for starkly different reasons.
The same afternoon, myself and Barry Cahill were due to sit a finance exam in NUI Maynooth.
It was due to start at 2.30 and lasted three hours. Throw-in in Carlow was 6.0.
Somehow, we managed to strike a deal that the two of us would take the exam from 9.30am to 12.30
The college only agreed to the arrangement on the proviso that in those two hours in between us finishing the paper and everyone else beginning it, we would be chaperoned by a person of authority and effectively cut off from the rest of the world.
Willie Hughes, a Garda and the manager of our Sigerson Cup team, was the man picked for that particular duty.
So Willie had to stay with us for those two hours. He performed his duties admirably.
We weren’t allowed out of his sight. We weren’t allowed access to mobile phones, presumably in case we’d pass back any of the exam paper to our class-mates.
We got through the two hours with Willie and took a police escort to Dr Cullen Park, where we met up with the rest of the squad in time for the warm-up.
Not exactly what you’d call perfect psychological preparation for a Championship debut - but there you go.’
And you’re here saying two players got exam papers in advance? No way that could be feasible, the module co-ordinators would have to give it to specific students told by the management of college GAA team without any other students or member of faculty finding out. Nonsense.