Here are a couple of interesting tweets I saw this afternoon regarding the academic problems that have bedeviled the North Carolina Tar Heels, in large part due to one professor committing major academic fraud. They are from Kentucky Sports Report:
Rough-counted 14 different North Carolina basketball players who majored-and graduated--in African or African & Afro-American studies 91-07.— KentuckySportsReport (@MyKSR1) July 12, 2012
That figure is ONLY a) the UNC teams who played in the Final 4 between those years AND only b) those who actually graduated.— KentuckySportsReport (@MyKSR1) July 12, 2012
Between 8 and 10 members of the 2005 UNC national title team took courses in African & Afro-American studies. Draw your own conclusions.— KentuckySportsReport (@MyKSR1) July 12, 2012
You would expect that every one of these athletes used these courses toward their graduation, and one has to wonder if they had enough credits to graduate if these turned out to be some of the radioed courses that Professor Nyang’oro
taught failed to teach were counted among their required hours.
Roy Williams claimed back in June that this scandal was "...not a basketball issue." But we know that some basketball players did participate in the fraudulent classes. So my question is, is UNC actually looking into the possibility that some of their basketball athletes may have been ineligible under NCAA rules during the time when these fraudulent classes were offered? Here's some more insight:
But athletes and former athletes made up a majority of those enrolled in the suspect classes. The university says that athletes and former athletes made up 64 percent of the enrollments.
The records show that among students who took suspect classes, athletes took more classes than nonathletes. Athletes averaged nearly two classes per student, while nonathletes averaged slightly more than one. UNC-CH officials have released little information beyond the enrollment numbers to back up their assertions that athletes didn’t receive special treatment. The university has released no information about its interviews with students regarding how they got into the classes; it also has revealed little from its interview with Nyang’oro.
Kentucky has had to suffer investigation after investigation regarding the academics and affairs of players who hadn't even set foot on campus yet. Now, everybody's willing to come down on UNC with tough rhetoric as long as only the football team is involved, but if someone suggests basketball may be involved, we're all supposed to nod in agreement with "It's not a basketball issue?" The major sports media is certainly lying low on this.
Okay, whatever. But I need a little convincing here that this is "not a basketball issue." Sure looks like it might be a basketball issue to me. And considering that the NCAA normally has a 4 year statute of limitations on punishing offenses like this, is the administration trying to slow-walk the process, focusing on anything other than basketball, in order to protect the 2009 championship team? If they could get it into the proximity of 2013, the NCAA might find an excuse to let it slide. From the same article, on the sidebar:
• AFAM 102: Black Experience, second summer semester 2007. Of 12 enrolled students, nine were athletes, including six football players and three men’s basketball players. The instructor listed denies teaching the class.
Is it possible that any of those three basketball players who took the class in 2007 played on the 2009 NCAA championship team from UNC? Could the fact that the class did not exist have ramifications for the eligibility of players on that team?
Inquiring minds want to know, and I hope we find out before the statute of limitations runs.