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Amazing Trail of Academic Fraud at UNC for Athletes
Created: 10/22/2014 1:57:23 PMReplies: 35
10/22/2014 1:57:23 PM - thinker - 2,626 posts (#9)

This story is just crazy. Here's the link. I wonder what the penalty should be.

10/22/2014 2:22:05 PM - Poog - 3,676 posts (#5)

Wow! Takes basket-weaving to a whole new level. And while I've had past issues with the total accuracy of investigative reporting done by that Raleigh paper, the gist of their reporting was close enough. Embarassing to say the least.

10/22/2014 2:25:56 PM - GW Alum Abroad - 2,301 posts (#13)

And their football program sucks the big one! I mean, if you are going to cheat like that at least win some games and get some big box office gates out of the deal (see U$C or Ohio St for reference).

10/22/2014 2:29:07 PM - ziik - 2,577 posts (#10)

Let the U run itself. They all do.

It does show the hypocracy of NCAA entry standards, cause, if you can get in, you can stay in. 

But, it goes on everywhere.

mrs. ziik teached 5th grade. Parents demand grade changes every week "She's never get in college with a 5th grade book report incomplete."  blah, blah, blah. mrs. ziik does not cave to the parents. But if the parents go to the pricipal, the parents get whatever remedy they ask for .

(No wonder they wrote on the girls bathroom walls: "Mrs, Ziik is a whore, a slut, and a prostitute."  The principal wanted punishment for that one. Mrs. Ziik said no, she knew who did it, and those girls deserved credit for improving their spelling. I told her she was right, but, I'd pay if she wanted it.)

I used to teach at a commercial paralegal school. It was easy money at a time when client matters were very slow. The students were guaranteed certificates if they showed up. But, they slept in class, did not study, did not even pay attention to the cheat sheets I gave them to highlight the basics of the courses. They argued about grades incessantly. 

The final straw was when I gave a student a 20 on a test. She got one correct answer, but had not even put her name on her test paper. The admin. told me I needed to bump her to a Cplus. I explained that, if they could find a test paper with her name on it, I'd be happy to do that, but it would be unfair to the poor dope who got the 20 and had not signed her name. They saw no humor in my approach. 

The next course, they were geniuses. All A's. One B for the guy who wore shades and slept all day. The admin told me they thought it was unfair to single him out like that. I explained that I thought it was unfair to sleep in my class, when every class and every teacher was a bore.

School is crazy. You wnat to learn, you can learn at Chipola CC, Indian Wells, or Ouachita Baptist. You don't, and Harvard, MIT and Yale just will be wasted years.

I enjoyed GW, learned a whole lot about the USA and american culture, from classes and peers, and even from football players. 

I think the fotball powers are shortchanging their players by making school a joke. But, so what. Football is a tragic, sick joke itself. DOn't know what will replace it. But something better might.

Maybe those stadiums can be converted to urban farms or low income housing. Heck, make it free housing, for the disabled, and keep all the work-out equipment in place. And, give the inmates some decent unis, including travel blazers, slack, and skirts

 

 

10/22/2014 2:35:14 PM - Columbia Heights Colonial - 284 posts (#80)

Not only are these schools making money of student athletes, they're activly looking into giving these kids as little of an education as possible for the benefit of the school. Sadly, I'm sure this is too much of the norm at many universities with big sports programs. 

10/22/2014 3:27:25 PM - Cloverly Colonial - 225 posts (#98)

This is too funny (read: SAD)....

 

Boxill wrote a book titled: "Front Porch Ethics: The Moral Significance of Sport" and is the Director for the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC

10/22/2014 5:44:51 PM - alum1 - 681 posts (#36)

This is the very defitnition of a culture of corruption and institutional malfeasance.  I wonder if the media will now have the balls to start mentioning UNC in the same sentence as Memphis St, Kentucky, Miami,Gerorgia (Harrick), Michigan (Fisher), etc etc.  This is arguably worse given it was clearly institutional in nature, and not some rogue actor.  Recall that when Minnesota basketaball got hammered for their academic fraud in  1999,  the NCAA  stripped them of all of all postseason awards, going back sothing like 6 years, and vacated all their wins, etc, I think,.  Plus they banend the coach for a looong time and they lost a boatload of scholarships.

Arguably, this is worse given it was imbedded in the cultutre.  Hopefully it gets the treatment from the NCAA it deserves.

10/22/2014 6:52:42 PM - squid - 1,422 posts (#23)

Cloverly, where'd you find that image?

10/22/2014 8:18:28 PM - Cutis - 201 posts (#104)

Thinker asked the correct question. What should the penalty be? IMO, the only answer is to dismiss all coaches who were in their positions during the period when infractions occurred. This includes Roy Williams. The pressure to ban UNC from post season play, penalize recruiting and pay restitution will mount. Feigning ignorance as to what occurred will not work. The coaches must go. Is the president of the University in charge? Actions will tell.

10/22/2014 8:27:10 PM - ziik - 2,577 posts (#10)

NO, No, no.... Not good ole Roy!

10/22/2014 8:43:34 PM - ziik - 2,577 posts (#10)

And, to think. The Bonnies could not get a welder a bball stipend. 

Seriously, what is a UNC degree going to be worth? Of course, I had a couple of Notre Dame pals from the 60's and 70's, who told me their were courses like chemistry, and (unacknowledged) chemistry for football players. 

When I was a GW freshman, I had pal on the football team who told me we did not need to learn anything in biology lab, because 1) it was a piece of cake and b) he had the answers to the lab exam. The test was a matter of walking from lab station to lab station, looking at a specimen or a display, and answering questions based on the display.  He thought he could do no wrong. 

Well, you could walk clockwise in the lab, or counterclockwise.....

Somehow, he had not factored that in.

And the lab teacher apparently had been forewarned.

Of course, I don't recall doing that much better. I figured lab tests were just going to be easy. Not so. Paying attention, like showing up, counts. It took me a semester to learn that all over again.

10/22/2014 8:59:13 PM - Cloverly Colonial - 225 posts (#98)

was posted on another board. Not sure it was leaked or provided as documentation in the investigation

10/22/2014 9:03:15 PM - thinker - 2,626 posts (#9)

I agree with you Cutis. And if the school involved was Cleveland State that would be the punishment. If you try to do that to UNC you might end up with a direct challenge to the authority of the NCAA and then we might find that the emperor actually doesn't have any clothes. Compounding the problem for UNC is that Carol Folt - the UNC Chancellor is only one year into her tenure. She came to UNC from Dartmouth where she was a biology/ecology professor for 30 years and Interim President for one year. So she has virtually no experience with big time athletics and almost certainly does not have the gravitas or acceptance in the good ol boy Tobacco Road network to challenge the entrenched boosters etc. It's going to be very interesting to see what happens.

10/22/2014 9:44:42 PM - doug sandels - 748 posts (#35)

I'm sure UNC is hoping to avoid a crippling punishment setting the program back for years like UConn.

10/22/2014 10:04:38 PM - ziik - 2,577 posts (#10)

They are saying these course were available to all students. I think they wll need to have a bit more of an explanation than that. Still, my guess is that every Big State U has courses we can laugh at. GWU might, too. 

Heck, kids get degrees from Cornell in hotel and recreational management, etc. (yep I know it a special case) Then, there is UNLV. 

10/22/2014 11:28:30 PM - thinker - 2,626 posts (#9)

Apparently 10 of the players from the 2005 national championship team were majoring in the phony African Amercan studies program. I don't know how the NCAA or UNC voluntarily will be able to avoid voiding that champiuonship and many other things. Apparently 1500 athletes took advantage of the phony classes.

10/23/2014 2:36:37 PM - ziik - 2,577 posts (#10)

3000 plus students took these courses. 

If they were sham courses, its hard to see how the scam was kept quiet. 

10/23/2014 2:44:31 PM - squid - 1,422 posts (#23)

But 3000 students over the course of many years. It wasn't like all 3000 were in the same year, in the same classes. 

10/23/2014 2:59:05 PM - LA Fan - 1,442 posts (#21)

This probably sounds dumb to say, but I could never stand Roy Williams.  He just seemed pompous or something.  Perhaps he should be let go for this.  

10/23/2014 3:19:32 PM - alum1 - 681 posts (#36)

It would strain even a Tarheel's weak mind to thikn that something of this magnitude could go on with only a secretary and one other person concoting it all on their own.  Talk about a joke.  If that's waht Roy Williams would have us believe, then why did he admit that he saw the fact  that too many of his players were getting an African American Studies degree as a problem?  I'll answer that one for Roy:  because he knew full well it was a scam, and he didn't want to it to become known.  He "reduced" the numbers but never stopped it.  It was always there in case he ever needed it in a pinch.  This is a state school too.  Where is the goddam Attorney General of the state?  Asleep?  Or an alum?

10/23/2014 4:32:29 PM - lowpost - 288 posts (#78)

ag is roy cooper -- ba and jd from unc

10/23/2014 4:49:45 PM - Poog - 3,676 posts (#5)

Always worry about that glass house view.

10/23/2014 4:50:43 PM - The MV - 4,447 posts (#4)

Let's make a distinction between being advised to take a less strenuous curriculum and being allowed to get away with all of this nonsense like at UNC.  At GW, I had a science requirement and was advised to take Dr. Hobbs' astronomy class.  Dr. Hobbs would hold a class right before his midterm and right before his final which he affectionately referred to as his pregame warmup.  At these sessions, the professor would plow through hundreds of questions in which a percentage would comprise the exam.  Theoretically, students could miss all classes except for these pregame warmups, cram for the exams, and get a decent grade.  Or, you could attend class, learn the material throughout the semester, and perhaps be better prepared to take the exams.  Nevertheless, students who followed either of these paths were each informed of the same possible exam questions.

I had mentioned that there was a Real Sports segment which mentioned several UNC athletes suing the university because they felt they were denied a legitimate education.  Athletes were sometimes denied the opportuinity to take a class of their choosing because the heavier workload would not have been conducive to the athlete being able to perform at the highest possible level.  Many of these students have gone back to college to get their real education. It's these examples, the students who don't want to glide through the system but who really want to learn, and are actually denied this opportunity by a college or university, that truly sickens me.

 

10/23/2014 4:52:00 PM - Bo Knows - 421 posts (#53)

If you all think UNC is alone in this, good luck with that. This potentially is going to open up pandoras box. I know personally some athletes at some very prestigious schools who say this is the tip of the iceberg and that even the Dukes, Stanfords, Notre Dames and others make "academic accomodations" for athletes that they would never make for other students to keep them eligible.

Now as to UNC, this didn't begin with Roy Williams or was orchestrated by him. Whether he knew or should have known is a separate question. UNC should be severely punished but I guarantee that there are many other schools scared right now. I would not throw any stones until I was certain my school had nothing to hide. There have been some academic "miracles" at GW in the past. I'm not going to name any names or say in what era (or who the coach was) because it serves no purpose. But I would not have a holier than thou attitude about this no matter what school I was at.

10/23/2014 4:55:03 PM - bobo - 2,966 posts (#8)

From the article, there was no evidence that came up in the investigation that showed that Roy had either participaton or even knowlege of the African American Studies scam program.  For him to be fired, there would have to be some clear evidence.  Unless other information damaging to the Roy and the basketball coaching staff is discovered, Williams does not lose his job over this scandal. 

The university will likely have to vacate a ton of previous wins and have a loss of scholarships and post season play for the next 2-3 years.

10/23/2014 4:56:15 PM - Omar Comin' - 493 posts (#46)

I'd love to see the US Department of Education demand a report of equal depth, scope and access from every NCAA Division I program. UNC will be penalized as much for getting caught as they will be punished for allowing this system to exist. Level the playing field on the academic side of the house, even if that means razing it.

10/23/2014 6:11:21 PM - ELJ - 2,046 posts (#15)

To The MV:  Interesting to read about your experience with Dr. Hobbs' class.  It sure didn't start with him. way back in 1952, I got the easiest "A" ever in Journalism Department head Elbridge Colby's History & Principles of Journalism Class (J-101).  Colby told us in advance he would be doing exactly what Hobbs did, but he said anyone skipping classes would automatically fall one letter grade per unexcused skipped class.  And the method to his madness was that we learned the lessons multiple times:  taking notes on his lectures, getting a list that included the mid-term exam questions, writing the answers on those exams, repeating the process before (cumulative) finals, and then writing the answers in the finals.  That's five iterations of the material, and if you hadn't learned it by then, you really never belonged in his class.  (As an off-point aside, Colby was the father of a guy who later became a controversial head of the CIA: William Colby.)

10/23/2014 6:32:58 PM - ziik - 2,577 posts (#10)

He should have taught his son how to swim, ELJ

10/23/2014 6:49:25 PM - thinker - 2,626 posts (#9)

I had Hobbs for astronomy too and I had a different take than MV. I think Hobbs loved exposing kids to ideas about the universe. The way he devised to get the biggest audiences was to make the course easy to get a good grade if you took a certain amount of interest in the class. A lot of kids (me included) took the class because it was "easy" and ended up loving it/ I probably never would have been exposed to the this universe of Hobbs' if the class was "hard."  Hobbs was a great teacher and he was very clever in devising a system whereby he would have a crack at interesting hundreds of students every year in learning about astronomy.To me there was nothing phony about the class - it was an ideal way to learn about something new without a ton of pressure. To this day I still call it planet George. 

10/23/2014 6:59:05 PM - Mentzinger - 3,397 posts (#7)

Let the memory of Herman Hobbs rest in peace you damn scoundrels.

10/23/2014 9:52:35 PM - BC - 1,187 posts (#25)

I loved Hobbs and I was a Physics major.  Explains a lot, uh?   He was a great teacher, I just wished he taught upper level classes, because some of the other physics professors weren't such great teachers.  A Shout-Out for Dr Parke.  He was a Hobbs equivant for those quantum physics classes.   

There were gut classes galore when I went to school, perhaps some designed to keep you out of Vietnam at least until you graduated.   So it would not be in the least surprising that atheletes took those course.  On the other hand, there were a lot of smart basketball players who had serious majors.  Then there were some who spent an awful lot of time at the Campus Club.   I expect GW was tougher academically than many,  maybe even a paragon, but I expect that a lot of atheletes also skated through school.   I respect GW's academics, but throwing stones at other schools can be a risky business.

10/25/2014 10:26:12 AM - notta hater - 2,380 posts (#12)

we only understand things in their extreme. This goes on in every public college in some form or the other. Please do not think that Dexter Manley was the only athlete who walked onto a pro sports surface after having stayed eligible for 3 years and could not read or write. 

10/25/2014 6:45:39 PM - Alum1 - 681 posts (#36)

Maybe so, Notta, and not in dispute that it happens on a wider basis...but I know this: those that have gotten caught and exposed have paid a pretty steep price. So I would expect the same for UNC.  

10/25/2014 10:16:30 PM - thinker - 2,626 posts (#9)

Dexter Manley (or Patrick Ewing for that matter) who have learning disabilities or whatever aren't the most egregious cases to me. My wife is a university history professor and there are plenty of kids that get all kinds of crazy accomodations now-a-days for all kinds of things. What UNC did is way worse because as an institution they set up a system that didn't even make a pretense of having the kids try to take and pass classes. 

10/25/2014 10:50:51 PM - BC - 1,187 posts (#25)

If the Department of African and Afro-American Studies was a sham for those who may have majored in AAA studies,  in addition to being a conduit for sham classes for athletes, then UNC has even more to answer for.

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