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Shocker: NCAA letting UNC off the hook

The least surprising news you’ll hear today: the NCAA is letting North Carolina off the hook. After a three-and-a-half year investigation into fraudulent classes at UNC, the NCAA says the infractions committee “could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules.” Of course!

“While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called ‘paper courses’ offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes,” said Greg Sankey, the panel’s chief hearing officer and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. “The panel is troubled by the university’s shifting positions about whether academic fraud occurred on its campus and the credibility of the Cadwalader report, which it distanced itself from after initially supporting the findings. However, NCAA policy is clear. The NCAA defers to its member schools to determine whether academic fraud occurred and, ultimately, the panel is bound to making decisions within the rules set by the membership.”

Basically, because students that weren’t athletes also took the fraudulent classes, the NCAA can’t do anything about it. Eighteen years of fake classes and nada. The only person who was punished? Dr. Julius Nyang’oro, the chair of the department of African and Afro-American Studies, who was given a five-year show cause penalty.

If you’re surprised by this, you don’t know the NCAA well enough. Read the entire report below:

[Infractions panel could not conclude academic violations in North Carolina case]


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53 Comments for Shocker: NCAA letting UNC off the hook

  1. BobKYCats
    10:13 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    I’m surprised they weren’t awarded extra scholarships to make up for all the pain and suffering this investigation has caused.

  2. nicky
    10:13 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    No surprise here…..lie, cheat, steal…their common bond with Higgins

  3. kvltclassic
    10:17 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    They were never going to do anything about it. The reason being is that the NCAA doesn’t get to come into schools and tell them what classes are real and what classes aren’t. No school wants the NCAA to be able to come in and say that because every school puts athletes in particular majors because of the course load that is associated. Although UNC’s is dramatically bad, the NCAA isn’t in the business of determining what are “legitimate” classes and what aren’t. Since non-athletes also got to take the bogus classes there is no extra benefit violations.

    • Lip Man 1
      12:39 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Unfortunately you are correct. The cheating impacted everyone so the athletic department was off the hook. You knew the NCAA was going to use this out to enable them to keep the titles, but it is shocking to me they didn’t at least get some kind of penalty (i.e. reduced scholarships, vacated wins…things along those lines.)

  4. LegggoooCats
    10:19 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    This will make Louisville fans even more pissed when the hammer gets dropped on them… and honestly, it should.

    As a Kentucky fan, the inconsistency of the NCAA blows my freaking mind, but it’s not surprising. They are a worthless pile of garbage!

  5. PillsburyThrowboy
    10:19 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    I agree with the NCAA. How in the world could they prove that these classes were specifically for student athletes and that they were essentially handed passing grades because they were student athletes? If they could prove that, then it would be an NCAA issue, if not, then it’s an academics issue that is completely separate from the NCAA. Why can’t people understand this?

    • ukjaybrat
      10:25 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      if academics and athletics were truly two completely separate things, then why do players have to keep a certain gpa in order to play? cheating is cheating and handing out fake grades for fakes classes is absolutely cheating. rationalizing it as “not cheating” just because it fell through a loophole is dishonorable and quite frankly despicable.

    • ukjohnston
      10:27 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      It becomes an athletic issue when athletes take the fake courses to either become, or stay, eligible to participate in their sport. This clearly took place in this instance. Apparently, any university can set up bogus classes for all of the student body to allow the athletes to take to become, or remain, eligible. And, the student body gets a boost of their GPA’s enabling them to be looked at more favorably for jobs and/or graduate school admissions after their fake undergraduate experience is concluded.

    • wesmorgan1
      10:29 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      They had emails between athletic staff and the department secretary, in which she allowed students to add/drop courses after the deadline without consequences. If nothing else, that is a benefit not given to the general student population.

      They had academic advisers telling the football coaching staff that after the AFAM professor/secretary left, they would have to find a new way to keep players eligible. This was presented in a Powerpoint presentation, which has been made public.

    • acoburn73
      1:57 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      If you agree, you would then agree that having no proof that Derrick Rose had someone else take his college entry exams would fall under the same logic. Additionally, the school let him in, so using today’s response from the NCAA, they should have “deferred to the member institution” on making that decision. Instead, they hammered Memphis and tainted Calipari in the process.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:50 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Then the NCAA had no authority to punish Penn State for Sandusky committing crimes with non-students.

  6. A Fan2222
    10:20 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    So using this philosophy, I could pay players as long as I pay regular students as well? Uof L should have bought hookers for some geology majors, then no problem.

    • jcatron
      10:26 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Geology majors could say they got to witness a real life volcano…squirting to the ceiling.

    • Mathlete
      10:30 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      @jcatron – Definitely not a volcano, but have you ever heard of geysers?

    • RealCatsFan
      10:35 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Old Faithful Katina. But Mount Katina has a better ring to it. 🙂

  7. maximumscott
    10:24 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    I actually prefer this outcome hust because it will make UL even mader.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:31 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      So you prefer to have the nation view the state of North Carolina as the hotbed of college basketball, instead of the Commonwealth? That is what is going to happen. The UK/UL rivalry will lose most of its luster in the eyes of the media, and all you will hear about is how great UNC and Duke are. Just wait.

    • Eazy
      10:43 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      What Uk-UL rivalry? UK is 34-16 vs UL! We don’t need them. Kentucky is always going to be at the top regardless. We are a national power and will have new rivalries.

  8. Daddyof3Ballers
    10:25 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    The beginning of the end of the NCAA. Duke and UNC can do as they please, while other schools get the wrath. So why remain in a system that has favoritism towards particular programs? Let’s take our money and programs and start something new. Thanks, but no thanks NCAA. Enjoy the mid major organization you will become!

    • RealCatsFan
      10:29 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      I think that Cal may have been on to something when he said that the power schools will eventually leave the NCAA in the dust. Maybe their new “Commission” will look into this – probably to take away the loophole for the teams that aren’t in the Golden Circle.

  9. meeksfor3
    10:27 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Did he mention the other “extra benefits” in the form of rental cars, dental guard, etc or were those provided to all students?

  10. KYcats11
    10:32 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    This is craziness. OK University of Kentucky, how bout we offer fake classes to all students (and athletes) and it will be perfectly OK because everyone benifits, WOW!

  11. UKfanman01
    10:34 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    NCAA=North Carolina Athletic Association

  12. wesmorgan1
    10:35 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Note that UNC created its ‘athletic academic support’ department OUTSIDE the control of the athletics department; thus, whatever they did created plausible deniability for everyone in the athletics program.

    Roy didn’t know – he just sent kids to the athletic academic support folks, who don’t report to him.
    The AD didn’t know – because the athletic academic support folks don’t report to him, either.
    See how that works?

    Now, our program (CATS) falls under the athletics department, so I’m guessing that anything they might do would certainly merit NCAA scrutiny.

    Moral of the story – build the framework for academic fraud outside the athletics department, and the NCAA won’t punish your athletics department for the academic fraud.

    Let’s all watch as every single NCAA school separates their “athletic academic assistance” operation from their athletics program. Floodgates opening in 3…2…1…

    • makeitstop
      12:54 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly right – everyone with a brain will simple set up the academic assistance program outside the AD to avoid exposure for sanctions. That’s great for students, right, bc the NCAA is “all about the students”: make it easier to keep them eligible without actually having to learn anything. Two points: one is that the press is missing just how unfair this scheme was to “THE STUDENT ATHLETE.” I get how it helps ‘ole Roy to keep a kid eligible when he’s not learning anything but how does it affect the student? It cheats THEM of the education they are supposed to be getting as a quid pro quo for his athletic efforts, lest we forget the endless commercials that remind us most NCAA athletes will go on to a profession that does not involve professional sports. Point 2 is the NCAA either intentionally or stupidly missed the legal issue, too. It’s not an impermissible “benefit” to get a fake class, that tortured artifice was to try and get them around the fact that evaluating academics is not their purview, which eventually proved too hard for them to get their pea sized brains around. The real issue is you have to maintain eligibility by going to CLASS and getting a certain GPA. If teachers give fake grades for fake classes, you aren’t evaluating the academic rigor, you are exposing a fraud – it’s not a real class and when papers aren’t submitted or they don’t go to class it isn’t a real grade anymore that having someone take the SAT for you is a real score. They have ruled in those cases before – there was plenty of precedent. What a bunch of nimrods.

  13. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:39 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    any school that as an academically ineligible player ever again is dumb. NC just paved the way for all schools to have athletes with all 4.0 or higher gpa.

  14. RealCatsFan
    10:39 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    The most aggravating thing about this whole scandal is the way UNC arrogantly fought against the NCAA during the investigation. They deserve to burn, but the NCAA doesn’t even have the, ahem, “equipment” to pizz on them.

    • wesmorgan1
      5:18 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, the UNC administration totally flip-flopped on this one. When the Wainstein report came out (I read it), it stated that UNC took corrective measures after their accrediting body (SACS) expressed concerned. SACS later stated that because of those corrective measures, they would take no further action.

      That’s pretty much an admission of academic fraud in my book. They acknowledged and issue and corrected it to preserve their accreditation.

      However, then they flip-flopped in front of the NCAA, “distanced themselves” from the Weinstein report, and insisted that since they voided no grades/credits/degrees, the courses were legitimate under UNC policy and no academic fraud occurred.

      Disgusting – but I want to see a shirt that says “The Carolina Way” on the front and “Fake classes. Fake credits. Fake degrees. NCAA-eligible!” on the back.

  15. Willis talkin bout....
    10:45 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Interesting that they as an Investigative body can strip wins and banners from Memphis for something Rose may or may not have done while in High School. They can punish Penn State for criminal act s their coaching staffs did. They can dig into and embarrase Eric Bledsoe by leaking his High School transcripts all while using the “Eligibility” reasoning. But they can’t touch UNC, a member of the NCAA for YEARS of athletes remaining eligible because of fake classes? If there ins’t public outrage in the sports media over this then every single school should start cheating in every aspect and render them as useless as they always appear to be anyway.

  16. Cat.Man.Blue
    10:48 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe the NCAA is correct. Maybe their findings that there was no proof the classes were designated just for student athletes. However; I find it confusing that the hard-fast rule is applied in the evaluation for some and the spirit of the rule for others. There have been penalties levied by the NCAA with less available evidence. Say what they want, the judgements are not consistent and the NCAA is what needs to be evaluated.

    • RealCatsFan
      11:09 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe the FBI should be investigating the NCAA. Any chance they are getting some kickbacks from Duke and UNC?

  17. Look Out Fireworks
    10:51 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Willis, to follow this logic, Rose and Calipari should be vindicated for the test scores, average students cheat on their tests too…

  18. Willis talkin bout....
    11:07 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Honestly , UNC just gave every member of the NCAA the blueprint to cheat . And I hope every single campus across the country creates these courses. I hope every coach at every level just begins to openly cheat, pay players, hire high school kids to take ACT’s, pay teachers for grades. Hell, even our 1 and done kids can graduate with a PHD now. NCAA is a complete joke. Every campus just realized that. But poor Po Dunk U is prolly getting the death penalty for getting kids extra Tudors or helping some poor kid out by buying him a sandwhich.

  19. Ruppstartedit
    11:25 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve heard rumors of such classes for many years. The NCAA rules are based on member institutions having an interest in academics and they will police themselvs when it come ot crip courses. When I was in college I heard of a course called by other students ” football physics”. It was a very easy grade 12 level course in science and some of us in academic majors wanted to take this to raise our GPA. We had department advisors who told us that while these courses were loegit, they would not count for us in our major. There is supposed to be academic integrity by the various departments. Jan Kemp was professor at University of Ga who got fed up with athletics spoiling the integrity of the the University. She wrote a book on it and it was widely acclaimed. Later the NCAA punished UGA. So I guess the cheaters learned to cover their tacks after that.

  20. IAmTheDanger
    11:28 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    NCAA is a laughable joke. Now make sure you jackasses give unc and pUKe a cakewalk through the NCAA tourney…..and they will need you to wipe their butt pretty soon.

  21. KatsKlaws
    11:50 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    This class at UNC sounds similar in some ways to how Pharmacy 222 was at UK back in the late 80’s for those that remember….

    • IAmTheDanger
      12:12 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Yes football pharmacy 😁…..I actually took that class pass-fail so hardly ever went to class and BARELY passed that class…..but I got the “P” baby!!

    • wesmorgan1
      5:28 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      Loved that class……we were talking about cocaine, and the professor asked, “Does anyone know where the highest-quality cocaine comes from?” – and a voice from the back of the room answered, “Third and Chestnut – look for Jimmy!”

  22. gokycats33
    11:52 am October 13, 2017 Permalink

    No surprise on that decision. NCAA is a joke. Rule one way in favor for one school or “student athlete”, then punish another for the same violation. They always take care of their media darlings (dUKe and UNC)! It wouldn’t surprise me that the fundraiser unc was having was to help pay the NCAA off, and say that there were no issues.

    • IAmTheDanger
      12:15 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

      And what did the NCAA do for 20 years (however long it was)…it took them that long to determine it wasnt an athletic issue…..OMG, is the NCAA hiring??

  23. sincitycat
    12:18 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    I would like to see major basketball schools, us included, stop scheduling UNC. That fraud, Royboy Williams, makes me sick to my stomach.

  24. serdi
    12:35 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    We should flood the Capiluto and Barnhart with letters, emails, etc. requesting that UK no longer play North Carolina in any intercollegiate sport, or work with them in any academic research of any kind. The power 5 presidents and athletic directors and coaches are just like all the people in hollywood not saying a damn thing about Harvey Weinstein. They all know that the arrogant sobs are the biggest cheaters of all time, an yet they are walking. I graduated from UK. I have followed UK athletics for over 50 years. It has been a passion and hobby in my life. I have listened to their arrogance and demeaning of my school, and may state, and my basketball program as backwater and cheaters…any now they are exposed and walk? October 13, 2017 is the day college athletics died. I will have a lot of free time on my hands to do something that matters.

  25. Mathlete
    12:37 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Clearly there are fake classes all over Duke’s campus too, and that’s part of why the NCAA won’t come down on UNC.

    Need evidence of Duke’s fake classes? If they can manage to keep Kyrie “the Earth is flat” Irving academically eligible for a year at an academically prestigious and rigorous University, there’s a nearly 0% chance he was taking anything college-level, or if he was he couldn’t have been doing his own course work.

    • TrumpPence2020
      1:15 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

      Just because the MSM says the earth is round, doesnt make it so… #MAGA

  26. makeitstop
    1:04 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Shout out to the lawyers for UNC. Apparently Adolph Rupp was wrong: when my dad played, Coach Rupp used to look with disdain at whoever had earned his scorn, shake his head and say “You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken sh*#.” Well, the defense of this scandal shows that in fact you can. Sorry Coach.

  27. Peter Criss
    1:06 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe the FBI should start an investigation into the NCAA. That sounds about right to me.

  28. J-Dub421
    1:07 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    UNC played a bunch of players who were academically ineligible. This is a fact. The grades in the AFAM Studies were invalid and often used to keep players eligible. That is absolutely an NCAA violation. Players have to maintain a certain gpa in order to play. UNC’s players did not meet gpa requirements due to fraudulent classes. We’re all just supposed to ignore this??? What a bunch of BS!

    1:10 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    Ahhhhhhhhh…. I get it. Since “everyone” benefited, no one gets punished. Makes sense…

  30. IAmTheDanger
    1:28 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    All you guys are making great points and as I’m reading them and grinding my teeth harder and harder. This seriously makes me sick….I’m so sick of puke and unc getting special treatment. And then I started thinking about 1988 when we got hammered by the NCAA asswagons. They laid the wood to us …..and you tell me that an Emory (i.e. ups, Fed ex) box is just going to pop open and money falls out, yeah right. I have to use dynamite to get those damn boxes open. I never did get over that….and now to see unc skate….such an absolute joke. And I bet the NCAA has their piss boys sniffing all around UK now looking for anything they can find.

  31. Han
    1:43 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    The NCAA just opened the door. Every Power 5 team can and should start offering these kinds of benefits exactly as UNC did it.

  32. MAYS24
    1:51 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    “could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules.” Since when has the NCAA changed? North Carolina must prove they did not violate those academic rules. That was what the UK people were told. Manual’s score seemed unlikely considering his past scores. NCAA had no proof Manual copied, paid for someone to doctor the score etc. His legal team had to prove he did not cheat.
    What about the Emery box that miraculously popped open? I worked in freight and loading docks for years and this was ludicrous to me. Again no proof Casey put money in there or Mills knew there was cash in a box addressed from him. It was most likely this was a plant by a rival school recruiting or alumni who worked at Emery! Again the burden of proof was transferred to Casy and Mills to show they did not do it.
    At the time I thought this was primitive justice! Is it possible all UK parties cheated as charged? Absolutely!!!!!! Is it fair to hand down sanctions without proof? No way!! Is that justice when you require the accused to prove their innocence against accusations? Absolutely not!!
    Why did the NCAA not require North Carolina to prove they were not guilty?

  33. Ruppstartedit
    6:26 pm October 13, 2017 Permalink

    So if the NCAA can find nothing to act on here: what was the basis for the Penn State rulings? Refresh my memory but what NCAA rules did Penn State break? It was unspeakable what Sandusky did but…
    Maybe gay activities were extra benefits to the athletes..

  34. Ruppstartedit
    8:32 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    Finebaum said UNC spent $18 million on their defense. The new reality; Lawyer up and unless it’s something terrible the NCAA can’t get you.