Two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas isn't on the verge of committing to Spelman College -- at least not to the president's knowledge.
TMZ reported that 17-year-old Gabby was being heavily recruited by Spelman College's president, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. The report featured a photo of Douglas holding a Spelman College swag bag. The report and photo went viral. "Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev tweeted to say she'd give Douglas a personal tour of Atlanta, where the prestigious and historically black women's college is located.
The swag bag was real, but during a phone interview with The Huffington Post, Tatum set the record straight on the reports she was in London recruiting Douglas: They're false. The two women never even met each other. And Tatum's decision to see the Olympics in London "had nothing to do with Gabby."
Tatum said she brought the bag -- which contained a Spelman T-shirt and a CD with a track written by a Spelman student called "The Choice to Change the World" -- on the suggestion of a Twitter follower after Tatum had mused about how nice it would be to meet the star athlete.
As for how the bag reached Douglas, that happened courtesy of Helen Smith Price, a friend of Tatum's and a 1979 Spelman graduate. Before Tatum left London, Price mentioned that she would be meeting the gymnast. Although security constraints prevented Tatum from coming along, Tatum asked Price to deliver the Spelman gift bag. She complied, and that's when the photo of Douglas holding the bag was taken.
"I don't really know anything about Gabby other than she won a gold medal," said Tatum. "Any young person with the drive and discipline required to achieve world-class excellence is likely to have what it takes to be successful in college."
Also inside the bag was a note of congratulations to Douglas from Tatum.
"In my note, I told her how proud so many of us are at Spelman College of her achievement," Tatum said. "I said, 'We don't have a gymnastics team at our college, but when you look at colleges I hope you'll look at Spelman.'"
"I was pleased to know that our note of congratulations was delivered," she added.
Jake Dalton - Men's Gymnastics
Dalton, 20, is a student at the University of Oklahoma and a member of the men's U.S. gymnastics team. In 2011 he won the <a href="http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/gymnastics/story/_/id/8116953/2012-summer-olympics-jake-dalton-makes-case-us-team" target="_hplink">NCAA titles</a> in floor and vault.
Sam Mikulak - Men's Gymnastics
Mikulak, 19, just finished his sophomore year at University of Michigan, and will be the<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120701/SPORTS17/120701018/Sam-Mikulak-becomes-Michigan-s-first-U-S-Olympian-in-men-s-gymnastics" target="_hplink"> first student</a> from his university to represent the U.S. Men's Gymnastics in the olympics. During the olympic trials he competed with an <a href="http://mom.me/mind-body/2824-team-usas-youngest-olympians/item/10345-sam-mikulak-getty-147482272/" target="_hplink">injured ankle</a>.
Betsy Hassett - Women's Soccer
This 21 year-old UC Berkeley student will play for her native New Zealand <a href="http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/hassett_betsy00.html" target="_hplink">soccer team</a> as a midfielder. Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Betsy_Hassett.jpg" target="_hplink">Camw</a>
Kara Kohler - Women's Rowing
Kohler, 21, <a href="http://www.claytonpioneer.com/news/details.cfm?News_ID=749" target="_hplink">switched from swimming to rowing</a> during her freshman year at UC Berkeley. She will row in the women's quadruple sculls and is the youngest rower in the London olympics. Correction: An earlier version of this slide said that Kohler was the youngest member of the rowing team. Patricia Obee is younger than Kohler by nine months.
Erik Kynard - Track & Field
This 21 year-old <a href="http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/sports/sports_blogs_local/high-jumper-erik-kynard-jr-stronger-going-into-london-games" target="_hplink">high jumper</a> is a junior at Kansas State University. He finished second in the olympic trials, clearing a height of 7 feet 5 3/4 inches.
Emma Coburn - Track & Field
Coburn, 21, is a senior at <a href="http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=3668721" target="_hplink">University of Colorado, Boulder</a>. She is ranked as the <a href="http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/248568-2012-Prefontaine-Classic-Eugene-Diamond-League/video/638799-Emma-Coburn-huge-PR-of-925-in-first-steeple-of-season-at-2012-Pre-Classic" target="_hplink">fourth-fastest American </a>ever in steeplechase.
Tony McQuay - Track & Field
This sprinter from the University of Florida qualified for the olympics after earning a silver medal in in the men's<a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gators/content/gator-sprinter-tony-mcquay-headed-london-us-olympic-team" target="_hplink"> 400 meters</a>. The <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/For-the-Media/Olympic-Games/2012/Media-Guide/Online.aspx" target="_hplink">22 year-old</a> is a native of Florida.
Trevor Barron - Track & Field
19 year-old Barron will be the<a href="http://pittsburgh.sbnation.com/2012/7/24/3180973/team-usa-track-and-field-2012-olympics" target="_hplink"> youngest member</a> of the U.S. track & field team to compete in the 20 kilometer race walk. In September he will start his sophomore year at <a href="http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-s-barron-walks-into-record-books" target="_hplink">Colorado College</a>.
Katie and Julia Reinprecht - Field Hockey
These Princeton athletes will be playing in the olympics alongside each other as sisters. <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/RE/Julia-Reinprecht.aspx" target="_hplink"> Julia,</a> the youngest member on the team, plays defense while <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/RE/Katie-Reinprecht.aspx" target="_hplink">Katie </a>is a midfielder.
Sarah Scherer - Shooting
The 21 year-old student from Texas Christian University will compete in the women's <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=sarah-scherer/index.html" target="_hplink">10m air rifle</a> event. Scherer's interest in the sport began when she was<a href="http://www.9news.com/news/article/275446/345/Sarah-Scherer-on-target-for-Olympic-shooting-competition" target="_hplink"> nine years old</a> and started shooting BB guns with her brother.
Aleksa Saponjic - Men's Water Polo
Serbian born Saponjic will represent his home country in the London Olympics. He was a <a href="http://www.hercampus.com/school/berkeley/mr-campus-freshman-aleksa-saponjic" target="_hplink">freshman</a> at UC Berkeley this past year.
David Boudia - Diving
23 year-old Boudia, a Purdue student, also competed in the 2008 Beijing olympics. He is expected <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/olympics/2012/writers/nick_zaccardi/06/25/2012-olympic-diving-trials-wrap/index.html" target="_hplink">to medal</a> in London.
Tom Daley - Diving
Though he doesn't attend an American university, it is impossible to exclude British diving sensation Tom Daley from this collegiate list. Daley, 18, plans to earn a Spanish degree from <a href="http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-07-23/tom-daley-im-diving-for-dad" target="_hplink">Open University</a>, a distance learning U.K research university.
Andrew Gemmell - Men's Swimming
This <a href="http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/c-swim/mtt/gemmell_andrew00.html" target="_hplink">University of Georgia </a>student<a href="http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/USA/31089.asp" target="_hplink"> cleared 15:00</a> in the men's 1500 free olympic trails, which broke his personal record. With this new time of 14:57.29, he is fifth in world rankings.
Marcin Tarczynski - Men's Swimming
This <a href="http://www.calbears.com/sports/m-swim/mtt/tarczynski_marcin00.html" target="_hplink">UC Berkeley </a>sophomore will compete for his home country of Poland.
Elizabeth Beisel - Women's Swimming
Biesel, who majors in Communications at University of Florida, just missed medaling in the <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/elizabeth-beisel-relied-maturity-qualify-2012-olympic-team-190900576--oly.html" target="_hplink">2008 Beijing olympics</a> when she was only 15 years-old. Now, at the age of 19, she will represent America again.
Caitlin Leverenz - Women's Swimming
After narrowly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/21/olympic-swimming-caitlin-leverenz-us-swim-london_n_1691323.html" target="_hplink">missing the 2008 U.S. olympic team</a>, this 21 year-old UC Berkeley swimmer will be heading to London. She swims <a href="http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-swim/mtt/leverenz_caitlin00.html" target="_hplink">breastroke and IM</a>.
Breeja Larson - Women's Swimming
This 20 year-old set <a href="http://www.aggieathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27300&ATCLID=205236258" target="_hplink">four records</a> during her freshman year at Texas A&M. Having now just finished her sophomore year, she will enter the 2012 olympics swimming in the <a href="http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/sports/10-college-olympians-you-should-know" target="_hplink">100-meter breaststroke</a>.
Stephanie Au - Women's Swimming
Au, 20, attends UC Berkeley and will be swimming for her home country Hong Kong. She already has <a href="http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-swim/mtt/au_stephanie00.html" target="_hplink">olympic experience</a>, competing with the team in 2008 at the Beijing olympics.
Mariya Koroleva - Synchronized Swimming
Koroleva, who is taking a year off from <a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/22/4650090/synchronized-swimmers-koroleva.html" target="_hplink">Stanford University</a> to train, was born in Russia but will be part of the 2012 U.S. synchro team. She has distinguished herself with her duet partner Mary Killman.
Miles Chamley-Watson - Fencing
The 22 year-old from <a href="http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-fenc/mtt/chamleywatson_miles00.html" target="_hplink">Penn State</a> qualified for the third spot on the U.S. Men's Foil team. He originates from Philadelphia, and plans on majoring in business and finance.