After flying under the national media’s radar for months (we reported on it in May), it appears the UNC academic fraud scandal is finally getting some attention. This afternoon, our pal Gregg Doyel came out with the harshest words yet for the esteemed institution, saying “there are some banners at the Smith Center that need to come down” as a result of tainted classes and academic advisers steering players towards them.
Why all this movement from the media now? Julius Peppers’ transcript, which was discovered on the UNC website by a NC State fan over the weekend. Doyel says that Peppers’ transcript, which shows his 1.8 GPA and several of the bogus classes in question, is proof that the UNC academic fraud began (at least) in 2001, a good six years before the school claimed it did:
Answers are coming, but already we know this: The scandal spanned the decade from 2001-11. Know what happened that decade? The UNC men’s basketball team played in three Final Fours. It won national titles in 2005 and ’09.
Did any players on those NCAA championship teams attend bogus classes? According to the News & Observer, almost 67 percent of the students in those 54 classes were athletes. Most played football, but the newspaper reported that UNC records showed “basketball players had also enrolled. In two of the classes, the sole enrollee was a basketball player.”
See, this is so much worse than what happened at Florida State — and Florida State vacated two seasons of saintly Bobby Bowden’s victories, suffered scholarship restrictions and received four years of probation.
Ball’s in your court, Emmert.