Letters to the Editor

Norman Singer: Change the culture at UNC

Ned Barnett’s Oct. 26 column “ More at UNC than ‘Crowder did it’ ” was very interesting and informative. In the current college dilemma at UNC, it seems that bringing those involved to justice is less important than finding out where the problem originated at the cultural level.

Basketball and many other college sports are big money and draw big crowds. Universities will do anything to keep this “cash cow” giving milk. While it is the head coach’s job to know what his players are doing academically and to uphold the standard of good academics of the university, it is often impossible to keep track of everything that is going on with a team.

The old slogan, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game” is now replaced with “win at all costs.” Good academic standards do not bring the money and fame to the university that has the winning team. Unless our culture completely refurbishes its concepts and priorities about sports and academics, there will always be scandals like this.

Norman Singer