Regarding the Oct. 29 sports column “ Differing views emerge on UNC report”: I wonder if NCAA President Mark Emmert and UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham were looking at the same Wainstein report.
Emmert said of the report, “It is absolutely disturbing that we find ourselves here right now.”
Meanwhile, Cunningham apparently believes if we divide the total number of phony classes by enough athletes and sports teams that “it is not as bad as I was thinking it was 48 hours ago.” Cunningham goes on, “The issue is bad, I get that.” No, he apparently doesn’t “get that.”
For two decades the institution that has always prided itself as the state’s flagship university had athletes playing sports who were taking phony courses to remain academically eligible. Games were won, even national championships captured, using players who probably should not have been playing, and the AD said, “It is not as bad as I was thinking.”
The list of folks no longer employed in Chapel Hill must go higher up the food chain before the leadership at UNC does indeed “get” the problem.