In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, why is Philip not on the team?

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Though Philip has a lot of talent and athletic ability for track, he is not allowed to even try out for the team because his grades are not good enough. The school rules say that an athlete must have above a D in every academic class, and Philip's English grade is a D. Of course, Philip blames his teacher for his bad grade, saying that she just has no sense of humor, when the truth is that Philip has not satisfied the requirements...

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