There is an inevitable conflict when UNC-CH admits an athlete who does not meet the normal entrance requirements, who must perform untold non-academic hours of practice and who is supported by tutors and advisers who are employed or supervised by the athletic department.
The coaches need to win games, and the university faculty and administration are hired to produce educated men and women.
Holding basketball coach Roy Williams responsible for judging whether AFAM is a legitimate major or offers substantive courses is not a reasonable expectation, any more than expecting an academic dean to be responsible for athletic recruiting activities.
Having the faculty weigh in on all this is a very positive step. I hope that however this turns out, it will be clear that the academic side is in charge of education, and that it has the structure and authority needed.
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