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: