UNC Scandal

Other UNC teams involved in paper class scheme

As UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, above right, made her opening remarks for the Wainstein report news conference at the Kenan Center on the UNC campus at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2104, UNC women’s soccer player senior Sarah Thompson, left, had the whole UNC Student Union auditorium to herself for the beginning of the report.
As UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, above right, made her opening remarks for the Wainstein report news conference at the Kenan Center on the UNC campus at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2104, UNC women’s soccer player senior Sarah Thompson, left, had the whole UNC Student Union auditorium to herself for the beginning of the report. hlynch@newsobserver.com

North Carolina’s football and men’s basketball teams weren’t the only programs involved in the “paper classes” academic scheme that was the crux of the Wainstein report on Wednesday.

The report noted there were 114 enrollments of women’s basketball players in the bogus AFAM courses. More than 30 percent of the athletic enrollments were athletes from UNC’s Olympic sports and other sports, including women’s and men’s soccer.

Women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell told investigators she was aware many of her players took AFAM courses but did not know they did not require attendance or that the grades were assigned by administrator Deborah Crowder.

Hatchell said she relied on Jan Boxill to coordinate the classes, saying Boxill never told her about any irregularities with the classes. A former faculty chair, Boxill once served as a counselor for the women’s basketball program, and, the Wainstein report said, suggested to Crowder the grades that the players should receive.

Women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance said he was not aware of the paper classes, the report said. He said several of his players enrolled in online or independent study classes.

Women’s soccer counselor Brent Blanton said he often directed players who also played on the U.S. National Team toward the classes “as a means of reducing their workload.”

Sarah Thompson, a forward and midfielder on the UNC women’s soccer team, watched Wednesday’s news conference in a movie auditorium at the Student Union.

Thompson sat through the whole presentation.

“Obviously the extent of the irregularities and involvement is disappointing,” said the senior from San Francisco.

Staff writer Anne Blythe contributed to this report.

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