El K is correct below, and the requirements are the same now as then, but Tate needed more than a semester's worth.
I wish I could find the article that stated it specifically that I read after Tate did get his degree, but can't find it. The linked one is as close as I could get as well. Note that the article says his ND classes transferred. It implies he was a transfer, not merely finishing up. And from the article I recall at the time later, he did his degree - from Tennessee.