Posted August 31, 2012

UNC academic scandal: NCAA reportedly finds no rules broken

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The NCAA has found that no rules were broken in the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina that reportedly involved football players taking no-show classes in the school’s African and Afro-American Studies department, according to a statement from the university.

The statement reads in part:

“…Based on the joint review, UNC and the NCAA staff concluded there were no violations of current NCAA rules or student-athlete eligibility issues related to courses in African and Afro-American Studies. As a result, the NCAA did not add any allegations or include this issue during the University’s appearance in October 2011 before the Committee on Infractions.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Karen Gil subsequently commissioned a review of courses in African and Afro-American Studies. In May, the University publicly issued that report and provided it to the NCAA.

On Aug. 23, 2012, University Counsel Leslie Strohm and Senior Associate Dean Jonathan Hartlyn provided an update to the enforcement staff. The NCAA staff reaffirmed to University officials that no NCAA rules appeared to have been broken…”

The apparent findings have been met with surprise by media members on Twitter.

An internal investigation by the university discovered that 54 classes in the Afro-American Studies were “suspect.” Yahoo! Sports columnist Pat Forde reported that one class last summer featured 19 students — all current or former football players — and required only one paper.

Among the discoveries made as the school, NCAA and reporters have taken a closer look at the program is that Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks should have been ineligible during his final year at UNC.

The transcript of Bears defensive end Julius Peppers also leaked out and raised additional questions because of three “independent studies” classes that he took.

Faculty members have been outspoken in their calls for reform.

”I was sickened by it as I think most faculty around the campus were,” history professor Jay Smith said. “There is this sense that the institutional integrity of UNC is being eroded over time.”

“…I think it’s time we confronted the fact that misbehavior by a handful of individuals is in fact a symptom of a dysfunctional system,” Smith added.

The program at issue in the scandal has been renamed and given a new curriculum, according to reports. It is now known as the African, African American and Diaspora Studies department.


22 comments
robert16
robert16

Of course not. Not the great UNC. They would never stoop to such a flagrant disregard for NCAA rules. You might as well have tried to pin this on coach K or the Pope. The NCAA is a joke.

John14
John14

For years, the NCAA was literally laughed at by doing nothing for the most part in order to protect the revenue streams of the schools. Then, the perfect storm arises at PSU in the social media and the NCAA stretches to the limits the meaning of one phrase of their bylaws so they can say "see, we are in charge after all". They make the big media splash, then, UNC is caught with actual academic fraud to benefit athletes and what does the NCAA do - nothing. The moral of the story is, go ahead and break the actual rules of the NCAA and they will turn their heads unless they can siphon off $60 million dollars and make the headlines. The NCAA continues to be a laughing stock.

bucky
bucky

Don't let facts get in the way of a good story. Who said the classes at UNC were bogus? No one at UNC has ever said this, nor has the NCAA said the classes were bogus. The sports and regular media and message board posters have coined the "bogus class" thing. The classes were real, the students did the work assigned and got a grade for their work. The fraud part is an academic administrator fraud. Don't make the mistake of taking someone's opinion as fact. Don't take some rival board poster comments as fact. Don't take some media writers uninformed article as fact. If you haven't been on the investigative panel then you really don't know all the facts.

KidHorn
KidHorn

I'm sick of all these stupid minor infractions. Some students took an easy course. So what? I took some college courses that were easy and I wasn't an athlete. College athletes are adults. If they want to take an easy course and learn nothing, Let them. I'm glad UNC was let off the hook. OSU should have been too with that stupid tatto thing.

WillieGreen
WillieGreen

I think the NAACP should be asking the NCAA why they're reducing scholarship opportunities at Penn State while giving academic fraud at UNC a pass.

Doug1
Doug1

Penn St has no reason to even get in this discussion.  Their violations are in another galaxy.  That being said, I can't believe that UNC is going to get a pass on this.  If your players should have been ineligible for bogus classes, how is that different than being ineligible for selling jerseys?  Ohio St may have reason to question this ruling, but not Penn St.

PSUZombieNat
PSUZombieNat

How in the name of god's green earth does the NCAA give UNC a pass...between the lack of action on these infractions and the hammer job PSU got, it's safe to say the NCAA can no longer govern over college athletics. Blow the system up. Maybe UNC should have hired Louis Freeh to do the investigation...

ZackBolch
ZackBolch

where was it confirmed the classes benefited athletes??? 

Tramell W
Tramell W

 @bucky

 Bucky we had the chance to see Julius Peppers transcript..that alone is a red flag. He should have been ineligible....stop being a homer and look at the facts. I have a feeling the NCAA re will open this because the backlash will be too much.

droidbug
droidbug

 @bucky bucky's right, just because administrators at u*nc perpetrated academic fraud, doesn't mean the athletes had anything to do with obtaining inflated or false grades. Wait, what?! Does this mean that as long as the athletes are not participating in the fraud, then there is no ncaa violation? Wow this is fantastic. Now schools all over the country are going to follow this pattern. Thanks u*nc!

swh114
swh114

 @Doug1 The lack of logic and reasoning in this country blows my mind. If you can't see the hypocrisy with regard to Penn St, you are a simple-minded person. The crimes are not equal, but the NCAA does not deal with CRIMES. Their only charter is Academic/competition/amateur issues.

 

At Penn State, it has not been proven that anyone (aside from jerry Sandusky) did anything wrong. You cannot dispute that, despite what Louis "my investigate for FIFA was also overturned" Freeh says based on 3 vague at best emails. Despite this, the NCAA, did not do an investigation, and levied unprecedented penalties for something it has ZERO purview or jurisdiction over.

 

With regard to UNC, they are dealing with academic eligibility and fraud issues that would create a competition advantage for UNC. That is THE charter for NCAA enforcement activities. It seems pretty apparent that if 19 kids are enrolled in a class and all are Football players, and the entire class only requires a single paper, and the players GPA for Afro studies classes exceeds the GPA for all other classes, thus increasing their GPA and keeping them eligible, that something is awry.

jjd5006
jjd5006

 @Doug1 1. what NCAA violations did PSU commit? 2. did these "violations" result in a competitive advantage? 3. Remember sunshine, there's a difference between criminal violations and NCAA violations.

Wesley4
Wesley4

 @PSUZombieNat Hey bud UNC doesn't have a guy that was messing around with little boys in the shower for 30 something years.  PSU hasn't nothing to say about things like that.  Remember PSU will always be know for Sandusky so happy trails buddy

John49
John49

 @ZackBolch And there lies the technicality...if non-athletes also "attended" these classes, then there is no NCAA violation.  Sad, but true.

Tramell W
Tramell W

 @ZackBolch

Are you retarded Zackblolch??..if you have fake classes and give out fake grades thats 100% cheating...they wouldnt be eligible to play!!!!!..so thats what we call in america a benefit!....by the look at your picture you cant be that dumb. 

swh114
swh114

 @Wesley4  @PSUZombieNat  Hey Wesley. Do you have a brain in your head to analyze and understand simple logic? Sandusky is a scum bag, yes, but he was not employed at PSU when the crimes occurred. It is questionable at best whether the 4 accused men at PSU (Paterno, curley, schultz, spanier) covered anything up. Damn the fact that they had no motive to do so. Paterno openly despised Sandusky and if Paterno wanted to cover it up, why did he immediately go tell his boss(curley) and the head of the University park police(schultz)?That on top of the fact that the NCAA has no involvement with criminal matters, but intervened harshly at PSU, but refuses to intervene in a seemingly obvious academic fraud case is maddening.Prediction: PSU will reclaim it's name, but you will suffer eternally as a bumbling idiot with a mediocre command of the English language.

jjd5006
jjd5006

 @Wesley4  @PSUZombieNat Lame little kitty cat fight, with the grammar jabs and all. Although, it is rather indicative of the society we live in. A society that has an attention span as long as fruit fly. Never the less, your accusations of molesting boys for 30 years is unfounded as of now.  Sandusky, was an EX-employee of the University at the time of victim 1's story. The DA had ample opportunity to pursue Sandusky in 1998, but did not. Additionally, you are stating it as a fact that UNC doesn't have or have had a child molester running around with little boys. I really don't think you can prove that either way. They sure could have had one or may have one now, you don't know! Let's also review what the differences between NCAA and Criminal investigations are? ..... No?? Fair enough, I suppose that's what happens when you talk to a bunch of fruit flies. 

joshtzuker
joshtzuker

 @Wesley4  @PSUZombieNat Hey bud UNC doesn't (didn't) have a guy that was messing (messed) around with little boys in the shower for 30 something years.  PSU hasn't (had) nothing to say about things like that (you are mixing your plural tenses here).  Remember PSU will always be know (known) for Sandusky so happy trails buddy

 

Did you take African American studies at UNC too?

Nostrum
Nostrum

Engrish funny! Did you pass that course?

swh114
swh114

 @Nostrum  Wesley was a 4-yr member of the UNC football team and majored in Afro-American studies so Yes, of course he passed.