The North Carolina academic scandal that’s unfolding makes what the Harricks did look like small potatoes.
The academic fraud in the university’s African-American studies department was first revealed three years ago. But a new investigation shows that the fake classes were even more common than previously thought, and that athletes in particular benefited from the classes, in some cases at the behest of their academic counselors. Previous investigations had found no ties to campus athletics.
On campus, the fake classes, which at least 3,100 students took, were hardly a secret. They were particularly popular with athletes, who made up about half of enrollments. Nearly a quarter of students who took the classes were football and basketball players. And the classes made a difference: good grades that students didn’t have to work for made more than 80 eligible to graduate who otherwise would have flunked out.
The big question, of course, is what the NCAA intends to do about it. This situation cuts at the core of what the NCAA likes to proclaim is what collegiate athletics is supposed to be about. In that sense, it’s a far more troubling problem than what Mark Emmert rushed to deal with at Penn State.
The early indication appears to be that there won’t be a rush to judgment.
There is a lot of gray area for the NCAA to work through. The parties directly responsible for managing the fake classes aren’t facing criminal charges and cooperated with the investigation. But the report clearly points fingers at the two. The trickier part the NCAA will have to navigate is that while there was widespread knowledge throughout the campus of what was going on with these classes, the report does not directly implicate higher-ups. As the New York Times puts it,
Although the report found no evidence that high-level university officials knew about the fake classes, it faulted the university for missing numerous warning signs over many years.
Deciding who gets to skate and how much institutional blame is merited is where the NCAA is going to spend most of its time in review of the situation.
Oh, wait… you were serious about that?
Evidently Lennay Kekua wasn’t the only phony thing about Notre Dame’s 2012 season.
Bruce Feldman confirms that the four have been dismissed from school.
Don’t you have the feeling the OBC is about to go on the warpath with SC’s admission’s office? (If he already hasn’t, I mean.)
Eight members of South Carolina’s 21-man signing class have yet to enroll in school, and the Gamecocks are resigned to the fact that not all the remaining players will qualify, recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. told The State on Wednesday.
Defensive ends Dante Sawyer and Kalan Ritchie have previously announced they will not meet qualifying requirements and attend junior college with the hope of re-signing with South Carolina. The USC options for defensive end signee Jhaustin Thomas appear to be done after he failed to qualify from his junior college.
Cornerbacks Wesley Green, Chris Lammons and Darin Smalls, fullback Joe Blue and defensive tackle Dexter Wideman still are trying to meet qualifying standards in time to join the Gamecocks in August.
Eight out of twenty-one… whoa. Mark Richt has lost control over South Carolina’s academics? Too soon?
Need something to get over the World Cup elimination blues? The buffet’s here for you.
Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Did you know that Clemson’s Frank Howard once threatened to sue over a piece Lewis Grizzard wrote about him?
- I always love it when somebody else does the heavy lifting for me, so, thanks, Tyler, for counting the number of scholarship players currently on Georgia’s roster.
- Barry Alvarez sez, “To keep fans in the stands, you have to keep up with the technology, so they can continue to use those things in the stadium.” You could always beef up the home schedule, Barry.
- Hunter Atkinson’s high school coach says the kid’s family has endured a backlash from third parties as a result of his withdrawal from Georgia. Stay classy, people.
- Troy’s Larry Blakeney suggests an interesting proposal for paying players – a stipend based on academic performance, paid to student-athletes per hour passed with a C or above.
- Marc Weiszer talks to Danny Ware about a Knowshon-Gurley comparison.
- High school quarterback being recruited by Georgia has this to say about his first conversation with the head guy: “… The SEC is the biggest in college football. I was super excited to talk to Coach Richt. I was a little nervous. I had never talked to a coach that big before. It was awesome.”
- Amateurism, first half of the 20th century style.
Enjoy the morning’s offerings.