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North Carolina newspaper wonders how NCAA isn’t worried with UNC’s academics

What happened to Huckleberry Hound and why is he so sad?

From what has to be the University of North Carolina’s version of Jerry Tipton, a North Carolina newspaper recently took a look at the recent scandals at UNC and wondered just how the NCAA could do nothing.

It’s hard to imagine how this kind of thing doesn’t constitute athletes getting special treatment, or “improper benefits,” which is supposed to be an NCAA violation.

These documents show that at least in the cases of those athletes mentioned in them there was a pattern of low standards for courses, that there were too many athletes who were poor students and clearly couldn’t do university-level work, and that advisers were there to keep them eligible.

In the long run, it’s far better for the university to be open with records (not to the point of breaking laws that legitimately protect students’ privacy) and to acknowledge problems.

The article, released yesterday, details some of the unscrupulous things taking place at the university, such as a senior level “reading, writing, and research” course being filled with freshmen who “struggled to read and write on a college level.”  I’m no expert, but I think that to be able to read and write, you need to be able to, you know… read and write.

But, according to a report about the incidents:

[W]e see that some of those involving in tutoring or supervising tutors characterized Nyang’oro as being very “reasonable” when it came to athletes, that tutors in some cases provided more “help” than was appropriate, and that for football players who were not good students, the solution to academic difficulty often was a “paper class,” where only a paper was required and there was no class attendance.

We’re familiar with the phenomenon that’s been occurring at North Carolina over the last several weeks, but it’s hard not to get frustrated with the apparent apathy by college sports’ biggest governing body.  Exactly what will North Carolina have to do to get in hot water?  And don’t assume that the NCAA is too busy dealing with Lance Thomas’s tennis bracelets to pay attention; when they want to get involved, no infraction is too small.  Recall how upset they were when Kentucky egregiously celebrated Calipari’s 500th win after beating Florida?  They sent UK a letter asking for a public rescinding of the honor, with failure to do so resulting in a mandatory appearance before the infractions committee.

But put a bunch of your players in bogus classes, and basically lie your way to academic eligibility, and everything’s perfectly okay.  This is less about wanting UNC to be punished, and more about asking the NCAA to be equally, if ridiculously, unfair to its schools.  When even the local newspaper is wondering how the school is getting away with something that seems so suspicious on its face, you have to wonder exactly who believes that nothing wrong happened.

Even Andy Katz took notice of the article this morning and realizes that UNC has some issues:

Will anything happen as a result?  Or will folks at the NCAA continue to ignore the events right under its nose?

Article written by Corey Nichols

33 Comments for North Carolina newspaper wonders how NCAA isn’t worried with UNC’s academics

  1. Mark Emmert
    9:06 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    This will eventually be investigated and the NCAA will somehow conclude that it is all John Calipari’s fault.

  2. Bob Sugar
    9:08 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I finally agree with Corey. One needs to be able to read and write in order to read and write. Too bad Corey doesn’t realize the truth of his own statement and save us from his inability to write.

  3. Rockfield, KY
    9:09 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    NC St and Wake Forest are about to undergo serious investigations dues to UNC and Duke’s misconduct.

  4. Al's IndiCats
    9:09 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I will go so far to say that both UNC and Duke could actually be caught giving recruits cars, houses, “BY” the NCAA and because of them being golden schools nothing would happen.

  5. Black Helicopters
    9:11 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    When one of the assigned NCAA investigators has his Facebook profile pic as himself and Ramses the Ram (UNC’s mascot), you shouldn’t really expect anything to come down in Chapel Hill.

  6. CatGrad7072
    9:19 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #1 is right. THe NCAA will probably conclude that it’s too late to take action on UNC-water under the bridge and all.
    However, it’s not too late to show Cal who’s boss by going over Noel’s HS work with an ultra fine-toothed comb.

  7. Bleed.Red
    9:29 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t kid yourselves into thinking that this doesn’t happen at almost every school in the country, yes that includes UK, especially the types of recruits that you get at a UK, UNC, Duke. These are kids at a stopping point on their way through to the NBA, education is last on their list of priorities.

  8. Matt Jones is a tool
    9:30 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Somehow it will all be blamed on John Calipari, just like everything is blamed on Bush.

  9. Carl
    9:35 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA is on Borrowed time unless they can prove themselves to be an impartial governing body. Football will eventually cut them out and then basketball. They may continue to rule over water polo.

  10. James K
    9:45 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    @2… shut up and get a life. I mean, honestly, do you have nothing better to do than criticize a young person writing a blog? If you’re expecting Pulitzer level work, it’s your own fault and you forfeit the right to complain about those types of things when you’re on a blog.

  11. Manbearpig
    9:56 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post Corey. And to show how ridiculous the NCAA is, I received a cease and desist order over twitter when I created a fake Mark Emmert twitter account, which again in the info said it was a fake account and not associated with the real thing.

  12. Larry
    10:00 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Dude it is what it is. Everyone knows that the NCAA has its favorites and thats not gonna change. You can best believe that if they have KSR blocked at Dunbar High School, then they probably have it blocked at NCAA headquarters. UNC will get what they deserve one way or another. Till then lets keep it Cats, BBM is days away. Go Cats.

  13. ShamWow
    10:04 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    @9 I completely disagree with your analogy… how could you think this is Calipari’s fault?

  14. Dr. Tom
    10:07 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #2 – “Come on man”. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?? Why be so negative? Good post Corey.

  15. CatSinceBirth
    10:14 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I have always admired Jay Bilas for how he would confront difficult issues head on. Somewhat funny that he has nothing to say now. Lost considerable respect for ole Jay boy. Come on Jay, be the man we thought you were.

  16. I Say
    10:21 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Good post Corey. 16 I thought Bilas has said somethings about it? I know for sure that he had a rant on twitter about the situation two weeks ago.

  17. TShlew
    10:22 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    8) Actually I’ve had SEVERAL classes with UK players. They are real classes and the players show up to class probably more often then I do. Cal takes his academics seriously.

  18. I Say
    10:31 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s hard to get 3.0 GPA’s if you dont go to class, even with a tutor. Our basketball players really are high character kids who actually care. Cal has a way of inspiring and bringing out the best in them.

  19. barn
    10:36 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    i just heard from another blog that if unc is found to have more violations, Kentucky will immmediately be called to appear before the ncaa infractions committee, erase all f4 appearances, and forfeit any victories over unc during the past 3 years. fair is fair i guess

  20. Big Blue B-Rad
    10:38 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    For once, I agree with Corey. When one of the newspapers in their backyard wonders how UNC’s getting away with it, that’s a bad sign.

  21. bige
    10:43 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Might as well wait for the NCAA to admit that they make money off of what is basically a volunteer system.
    College athletics needs a new governing body.

  22. angry fans
    10:44 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    hopefully people will keep the heat on UNC … because IF they do get penalized, then the UNC fans / faithful will be relentless in bringing the heat back to Duke and its own issues

  23. Han
    10:44 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s ludicrous that Duke’s Thomas is being ignored, but it’s downright damning that UNC is not overflowing with NCAA investigators. The send teams of investigators to UK for absolutely anything suspicious or rumored, including if a random sportswriter claims a source told him something, but hard evidence and evidence of more than a decade of cheating doesn’t merit any attention? The fact that they sent a biased investigator the first time was troubling enough, but they should be paying close attention, and publicly acknowledge that, to UNC’s internal investigation.

    What happened at Penn St was terrible and illegal. But it wasn’t even NCAA’s purview to punish. This is directly in their field of control – a school cheating academically to keep athletes eligible.

  24. UKBlue1!
    10:51 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Knight and Dickie V. says Duke is the cleanist ran program in all of college sports. UNC is innocent and Calipari did it..

  25. The dude
    10:52 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The news and observer is out of Raleigh, many nc state supporters of Course in Raleigh. Many of whom despise the tar heels. North Carolina isn’t like Kentucky where 90% of the state backs one team. Many unc and nc state fans, then Ecu and a few wake and duke. Sprinkle in some dual supporters from app state and other smaller schools as well

  26. Pete Thamel says...
    10:53 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Calipari is quilty.

  27. Calipari says....
    11:17 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Thamel is gueer.

  28. Beavis
    11:25 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    NCAA was bad before but since Mark Emmert took over,,,,it is a damn joke. If they don’t get that idiot out of there the NCAA will become completely irrelevant in the future.

  29. bluecoat
    11:27 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    This and the Lance Thomas episode confirm that the walls of NCAA HQ are painted Carolina Blue and the carpet is Duke Blue. The drapes are the color of money…greedy bastards.

  30. RoadKill
    12:53 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #27 So what? I get a little Quilty myself every now and then.

  31. RealCatsFan
    1:12 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    News Observer = Herald Leader for UK? The difference is that (so far) the NCAA does not want to pay any attention to what the NO is writing about. Imagine that!

  32. warren oates
    1:15 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    That would never happen with the “student athletes” we have.we had one guy that was so smart he took algebra II before algebra I….in ONE SUMMER and made good grades.