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UNC wide receiver plagiarized an 11-year-old’s work

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.”

Two thoughts:

(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.

Right.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for UNC wide receiver plagiarized an 11-year-old’s work



  1. UK Wildcat
    11:33 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    coped and pasted



  2. DB11
    11:38 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    You would think that if he had used an 11-year-olds work he would have failed anyways. Must be really tough at UNC.



  3. MothersMilk
    11:39 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like you cant hide ’em at UNC either………



  4. B-ball Tickets
    11:39 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Basketball season tickets on eBay: http://bit.ly/QiZypi



  5. Chicago Chris
    11:39 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    But the best part about this story is UNC tried to ignore it:

    “The instructor of the class, J. Nikol Beckham, told Kane that she reported the matter to the athletic department’s academic support program, who assured her they would talk to Highsmith. But after those initial assurances, Beckham says she never heard back.”



  6. Stone Cold Willy Romney
    11:42 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lol at unc. An 11 year old? Really?



  7. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    11:45 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Pitino “coped and pasted” Karen Sypher.



  8. Damon
    11:56 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    #7. Awesome!



  9. come on
    11:58 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    In related News: 2 UNC Bball players and HC WIlliams were caught Eating Dead bodies and whipping their Asz with the Constitusion. Ncaa has told reports they can find no rule against this…….

    COME ON NCAA do your job.



  10. manbearpig
    12:05 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Emmert also said that he still helping O.J. find the real killer



  11. Wakecat
    12:33 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Has this “student” been expelled from the University? Don’t all / most colleges have honor codes and cheating results in expulsion?



  12. SteveM
    12:45 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    A blogging class? What has higher education come to?



  13. BiasedMuch??
    1:21 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Someone please explain why with UNC, the NCAA waits for “facts to unfold” instead of sending their own investigators?



  14. Sesame Street
    1:23 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Quit stealing our ideas for teaching kids how to use the Internet and using them for college level courses….only in North Carolina.



  15. Catman
    1:35 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Just like how KSR copies and pastes from the Cats Illustrated message boards.



  16. Greg
    1:42 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    I had to look at that head line twice. 11 yr old work or 11 yr old’s work? The latter is embarrassing.



  17. CatGrad7072
    2:09 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Emmert waiting for the UNC facts to unfold means ‘I’m waiting for UK to do something wrong.’



  18. ThamelToe'd
    2:15 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    PETE THAMEL, PLEASE PICK UP THE ROYAL BLUE PAGING PHONE.
    PETE THAMEL, PLEASE PICK UP THE PAGING PHONE.



  19. Gap Tooth Danny
    2:51 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Emmert told attendees that the NCAA is waiting for UNC facts to unfold. (I copied and pasted that!) translation: all of our investigators are busy going through Nerlens’ AAU coach’s garbage hoping to find the “smoking gun”



  20. BrooksBrother
    3:10 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently someone wasn’t being their blogger’s keeper!
    And for those who don’t know as much about modern college coursework: I’m a Junior at Purdue now and I have two classes where my weekly work is to respond to articles via a discussion thread. Obviously this isn’t all of the coursework, but we’re required to make 2 discussion posts a week.



  21. Tairy Green
    3:13 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Those….were the good old day.



  22. E. Highsmith
    5:42 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently someone wasn’t being their blogger’s keeper!
    And for those who don’t know as much about modern college coursework: I’m a Junior at Purdue now and I have two classes where my weekly work is to respond to articles via a discussion thread. Obviously this isn’t all of the coursework, but we’re required to make 2 discussion posts a week.



  23. Sir Chas.
    7:49 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Ewe in Sea…turrible. EM-barrass-un



  24. jauk11
    8:11 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    In other news Emmert just announced that the NCAA will investigate the National Recruiter of the Year at the University of Louisville that was the recruiting coordinator and involved in the scandalous affair at the U for EIGHT years. Just go a tip that he might have known something about what was going on, the investigation will start as soon as Strong and hurtt leave UL.



  25. Trueblujr
    8:20 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    “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.”

    I look at my bed every night waiting for the sheets to unfold, but oddly nothing happens until I reach down, grab them and pull them back.