Posted by Andrew Carter on October 28, 2014
NCAA President Mark Emmert said this week that the conclusions of the Wainstein investigation at North Carolina were deeply troubling. Days earlier, Bubba Cunningham, the UNC athletics director, offered a softer stance.
Cunningham in an interview Friday on 99.9 The Fan said a bit of time had helped add some perspective for him, at least on the findings by Kenneth Wainstein, a former U.S. Justice Department official, which concluded that over a span of nearly 20 years, hundreds of athletes were directed to bogus paper classes, resulting in inflated grades, in the African and Afro-American Studies Department at UNC.
It would be the equivalent of three student-athletes per team per year over that period of time, Cunningham said, referencing the 18-year period in which athletes and nonathletes alike used bogus classes to boost their GPAs. So as bad as it was, as long as it was, its really starting to sink in that there was maybe one, two, three classes for somebody so that might be six or nine hours out of 120 that it takes to graduate. So its shocking, but as you have a little more time to look at it, its not quite as bad as I was thinking it was 48 hours ago.
Posted by Andrew Carter on October 26, 2014
Back in Chapel Hill after a wild one yesterday in Charlottesville, Va. And back on the blog continuing - after too long a hiatus - the wildly popular "stories that didn't make the story" series. It has been a while.
Posted by Andrew Carter on October 23, 2014
The long-awaited Wainstein report came out on Wednesday, bringing an end to a long independent investigation into paper classes in North Carolina's African Studies Department, classes that helped keep athletes eligible and served as GPA boosters for athletes and non-athletes alike.
Posted by Andrew Carter on October 20, 2014
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams and receiver Ryan Switzer have been named ACC players of the week, the league announced on Monday.
Posted by Andrew Carter on October 13, 2014
And so now the North Carolina football team is back in the same place it was a year ago, nearly, sitting at the midway point of the season with a four-game losing streak and seemingly with all of its goals in broken pieces.
Posted by Andrew Carter on October 7, 2014
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora talked a lot Monday about the “small things” a phrase he repeated often about “details,” another word he said over and over. Those small things and details, Fedora said, are what’s holding the Tar Heels back at least they were during a 34-17 defeat against Virginia Tech on Saturday.