Students and visitors to the NC State campus on Friday, October 13, 2017 react to the lack of punishment handed down by the NCAA in its final ruling on the academic scandal investigation at the University of North Carolina.
Students passing through the center of campus, the pit, shared their opinions about the report released Friday by the NCAA Committee on Infractions that did not sanction the institution with any penalties for a long-running scheme of bogus African Studies courses, ones that UNC’s accrediting agency found lacked integrity.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was extensively investigated by the NCAA for a system of fake classes taken by thousands of students, roughly half of them athletes, that spanned three decades.
Terry Watson, who was charged with 13 counts of of athlete agent inducement involving UNC football players, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months of probation and a $5000 fine and was banned from any connection to sports agency during his probation.
Terry Watson is sentenced to 30 months of probation and banned from doing any work in connection with sports agency during that time. Watson acknowledged giving nearly $24,000 to former UNC football players Greg Little, Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn to get them to sign with his agency while they still were college players with the UNC Tar Heels. In his deal with prosecutors, Jones acknowledges that he provided $725 to Quinn in an attempt to get him to sign with Watson.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams talks about the allegations against UNC during press conference Sunday, April 2, 2017, before the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship national championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
University of North Carolina system president Margaret Spellings refuses to release the transcripts of 2011 NCAA and UNC interviews with AFAM chairman Julius Nyang'oro and others involved in the academic scandal when asked by News and Observer reporter Dan Kane.
Investigator Kenneth Wainstein describes a lack of oversight by UNC while outlining his investigation into academic issues and athletics. Wainstein was presenting his findings during a 2014 press conference held by UNC.
VIDEO: Smith talks about the effectiveness of dozens of reforms UNC has introduced in the wake of the scandal and his reform group's unsuccessful efforts to obtain data from UNC officials to track the academics of special-admit athletes.
During an interview with News & Observer reporters, then-UNC chancellor Holden Thorp says UNC will raise academic standards for athletes and make changes that will make national news and that academics will come first.