The University of North Carolina doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to student-athletes and their coursework these day. That’s why the story of UNC wide receiver Eric Highsmith plagiarizing an 11-year-old isn’t all that shocking.
Highsmith, a senior, was supposed to contribute blog posts for his communications class. He didn’t. He took the easy route and copied and pasted the work from an 11-year-old on an education website. Highsmith was caught, of course. The blog accounted for 30% of his class grade.
UNC’s associate AD had this to say:
“Faculty, advisors, counselors, coaches and staff interact with our student-athletes daily and often remind them of the responsibility they have to do the right thing in all aspects of their lives — academically, athletically and socially,” Kirschner wrote. “And we believe our student-athletes meet those responsibilities the overwhelming amount of the time.”
(A.) Who cheats in a blogger class? This blogging stuff is serious.
(B.) We all should’ve played sports at North Carolina.
On a related note, Mike DeCourcy has a recap of Mark Emmert’s guest spot at the annual Wright State basketball tip-off luncheon. Emmert told attendees that the NCAA is waiting for UNC facts to unfold.