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Maryland president expects death penalty for North Carolina Basketball

Wallace Loh gives a very justified take on UNC’s academic scandal.

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Maryland President Wallace Loh doesn’t care if North Carolina just won a National Championship, he doesn’t even think they should be allowed to play due to their academic scandal.

Loh had a lot to say on the matter, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

As president, I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes. One of them is an athletic scandal. It blows up, it blows up the university, its reputation, it blows up the president.

For the things that happened in North Carolina, it's abysmal. I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I'm not in charge of that.

A Maryland spokesperson later said that Loh’s comments were "not a reflection of personal beliefs about the university or its leadership."

Of course, North Carolina wasn’t going to let Loh’s comments go quietly. Joel Curran, vice chancellor of communications at North Carolina, was shocked by Loh’s comments.

"We were surprised that a sitting university president with no direct knowledge of our case would choose to offer such uninformed and highly speculative opinions," Curran wrote in an email, according to ESPN.

C’mon, Curran, spare us the act.

North Carolina has been under investigation by the NCAA for an academic scandal since 2010. The NCAA’s latest findings include the football and basketball teams, though no one has been charged with anything yet.

Roy Williams still maintains that he and his program did nothing wrong, according to this statement before the National Championship.

Were there some mistakes made? You're darned right there were. Were there some things I wish hadn't happened? You're darned right. But there were no allegations against men's basketball," Williams said. "Do I believe again that our institution, there were some mistakes, you're darned right I do. I'm very mad, sad, ticked off, any way you want to put all that terminology about it, embarrassed and all those things too.

Has information contradictory to Roy Williams’ statement been released? You’re darned right it has.

Anyway, Loh’s expectation of the NCAA to give UNC the death penalty isn’t outlandish. In fact, in a perfect world it’s exactly what would happen for allowing your student-athletes to take classes that don’t exist and pass without hardly doing anything.

But, this is the NCAA we’re talking about, so don’t expect anything near a death penalty.