It’d be pretty if it didn’t reek of bullsh–
After a three-month investigation into the UNC academic fraud scandal, North Carolina governor Jim Martin has concluded that the scandal was just that–academic, not athletic. Huh?
The independent investigation found that student athletes and students at large benefited from anomalies in the African and Afro-American Studies Department going back to 1997, including unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class time. BUT, since no members of the athletic department were found at fault, they can’t be punished.
I guess I can see Martin’s twisted reasoning; because no members of the athletic department, including coaches, were found to be directly involved, they’re in the clear. It’s the academic department that’s to blame, not the players, who merely took advantage of the situation, along with countless other students. However, in July, a faculty committee issued a report saying that academic counselors may have pushed athletes into those classes, which means that the corruption wasn’t just limited to the Afro studies department–it had spread to faculty from other departments as well. Do you think those counselors just thought to recommend those classes to the players all on their own, without some gentle prodding from the athletic department? Please.
For an investigation to completely absolve coaches and players of any wrongdoing, you would expect those coaches or players to be interviewed, right? Wrong. According to the report, no UNC basketball player or coach, former or current, was interviewed. Why? Martin: “There was no coach that knew anything about this. They didn’t need to know. That was not their job.” The players? “They have enough to do.”
Hmm. On Twitter, our dear friend Fake Barney pointed out, the report found that six UNC basketball players were pushed to take a Naval Weapons class (not offered in the Afro Studies department, mind you) to help discourage “disrespectful graffiti” on a class building. Martin called that a “reasonable explanation.” For the record, that Naval Weapons class just happened to have no tests or quizzes and a first time instructor.
If you’d like to read 77 pages of hypocrisy for yourself, here’s the link to the Martin report.
UNC Chapel Hill: getting away with things since 1789.