Regarding the Oct. 23 news article “ Fake-class scheme aided UNC players’ eligibility”: I have read what The N&O reported about the Wainstein report on the UNC athletic scandal. Nowhere in it do I see an attempt to address a major question about the scandal, which is how much responsibility did the UNC admissions department have in letting into the university young athletes who lacked the skills needed to cope with the combined duties of the athletic and academic sides of a university life?
Should these young people have been admitted into a situation that demanded of them both athleticism and scholastic ability beyond what their high school training provided? What did their high school test scores indicate?
Deborah Crowder, whose sympathy for the athletes led to the abuses documented, saw that they needed help to stay afloat in a college atmosphere. Did she or anyone dealing with them ever take her concerns to the admissions department of UNC?
It seems that the scandal would never have happened if the youths’ unfitness for academic life had kept them and the university from making the mistake of their being admitted.
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