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UNC-Chapel Hill Seeks Course
Correction Amid Probe

Wall Street Journal, by Nikki Waller

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/21/2014 2:17:05 PM

A new school year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may bring resolution to an academic scandal that has clouded the university´s reputation for top-flight athletics and academics. The National Collegiate Athletic Association this summer reopened an investigation into how and why some athletes were able to enroll in no-show courses in the school´s African and Afro-American studies department, earning passing grades and ensuring their academic eligibility to compete. The NCAA´s original investigation into the classes, which began in 2011, led to a ban on postseason play for the football team and overturned 16 victories in 2008

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UNC-Chapel Hill is an excellent school attended by several of my friends who have had successful professional careers after their college years. None of them took "gut" courses or barely scraped through higher education. They excelled. But it´s disappointing to read that some college athletes who probably shouldn´t have received high school diplomas are still being passed on to the next year. Shameful.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 8/21/2014 2:31:01 PM     (No. 9975379)

Here´s an idea. College athletes must meet the same entrance requirements as the general student body, and then remain eligible by passing actual classes alongside the non-athletes. I hope that isn´t racist.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/21/2014 2:39:14 PM     (No. 9975389)

Busted!!!

And Chancellor Folk speaks gobbledygook. Must have trained at the School of Obamaspeak.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 8/21/2014 3:30:04 PM     (No. 9975479)

Why would your comment be racist, #1? Athletes of all races are academically coddled from middle school/junior high on through high school and treated differently than regular students. By college not only do they expect it, but it really too late for them to succeed in the classroom on the same level as expected with regular students. NOT all athletes, but those who should have been studying and achieving in the classroom in high school but were allowed to get passed on without meeting even the lowest standards. It´s way too late by the time they get in college. Both white and black athletes and in most colleges.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 8/21/2014 5:00:33 PM     (No. 9975609)

#3 is exactly correct. If further proof is needed, does anyone recall the scandal last year involving gang rapes perpetrated by members of the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio? Big to-do over it, much hand-wringing. Also revealed was the connivance of community and school leaders to cover up the mess. And one of the rapists is back on the football team for this coming season.
That´s perhaps an extreme example, but stories similar to it are heard all across the nation. And, lest anyone ask, the offenses are bi-racial. Not just football either.
Why should we be surprised when NFL and NBA and Major League baseball players are proved to be illiterate thugs? Blame, among others, the Boosters Club at the high school who provide cover for such.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 8/21/2014 5:02:48 PM     (No. 9975615)

So UNC has a trade school for football and basketball!

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