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No way the academic scandal at UNC is merely with the football program. IT simply has to bleed over into all their sports including basketball. It looks like one newspaper in NC is looking further into the scandal than what the administration is putting out.
UNC-CH men’s basketball coach Roy Williams said Thursday that the academic fraud case is not a basketball issue. “I’m worried about it from a university issue, but not from a basketball issue,” he said.
Some have cited the low percentage of basketball players enrolling in the 54 classes that university officials say showed little or no instruction. Three percent, or 23 enrollments, does seem small. But it doesn’t take many athletes to field a basketball team – five on the floor plus several backups. If Williams fielded a new team each of the four years of the period under review, 23 enrollments could equal one in three players taking a suspect class.
Furthermore, the records show that in two cases a basketball player was the sole enrollee in a class. In another, a basketball player was one of two enrollees. Two of those three classes were Swahili language courses, and are among nine classes in which officials can’t identify who created them and provided some kind of assignment.
Put another way, here are two language classes in which students would be expected to develop their speaking skills that never met. And they had no more than two students enrolled. How were they expected to practice speaking the language?
The scandal that has been uncovered involving the North Carolina football team has been ugly for a number of reasons. It was, more or less, the triple crown of violations.
The UNC Systems board has named a panel to review the UNC-Chapel Hill internal investigation. Here are some key questions in the case that highlight some of the issues, and point to what remains unanswered.
Think about it, this much cheating for football.... I bet you that these programs were set up years ago for basketball and that football just started taking advantage of them...
My guess is the media is afraid to pick up on this because it taints an image of UNC basketball that the media itself has invested many years in creating.
Also there's probably fear of declining interest if the idea that the whole sport is dirty starts spreading because a perceived clean program gets busted.
Personally I think this stuff about "not a basketball issue" is just the UNC company line right now. They'd love for people to believe that but a minumal amount of research shows it's complete b.s.
All this stuff is so hilarious to me. The media has done their damnedest to create a bad guy in Calipari and Kentucky since he came here and it turns out all the scandal is elsewhere. I do believe now that he has won a title they'll likely back off(with the exception of Pitino's cronies).
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