Saturday, July 28, 2012

If it wasn’t for Penn State THIS would be college sports’ biggest scandal of the offseason

Via Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News:

If not for Penn State, you would be sick of hearing about North Carolina by now.

North Carolina's own probe discovered 54 courses within the Department of African and Afro-American Studies that showed little to no evidence of teaching students, and dozens of independent study classes without academic rigor. Most of the students in the classes were athletes, including some classes with only football or basketball players.

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, North Carolina quickly created a summer-school course last year in this department. Nineteen students enrolled -- 18 current football players and one ex-player. There was no instruction. Students turned in a paper at the end of the term to Julius Nyang'oro, the department chairman. The News & Observer also reported another class in that department enrolled one student -- an athlete.

Chair stacking at Tennessee under the Fulmer regime.

Sociology self-study at Auburn under the Tuberville regime.

Academic scandal at Florida State under the Bowden regime.

None of the above even come close to scratching the surface of what’s coming out of North Carolina, a school already on probation for an agent scandal that cost the coach his job and stained the Tarheel image.