In this entry yesterday we talked about how UNC-CH has asked the NCAA for Devon Ramsay’s appeal to be delayed. I thought given this development maybe a closer look at his case would be fun. As alert readers will remember, Ramsay played in the first 4 games of this year before being ruled permanently ineligible for receiving “improper benefits,” which apparently were in the form of tutoring. Specifically, he got a lot of help on at least one paper.
This News and Observer article from last month gives us a look into the specifics of the matter. Basically Sharon Lee, who is Ramsay’s mom, called the N & O and asked to be heard. She explained to Tysiac in so many words her view that the NCAA punishment was draconian. Apparently the News and Observer had access to the paper in question. Anyway let’s take a look at some quotes from the N & O article.
Lee said her son and UNC officials have told her that UNC’s own academic honor system didn’t consider Ramsay’s issue serious enough to send to the student-run honor court for possible sanctions.
After that, Lee said, she thought her son would be cleared to return to the team. He had played in the first four games of the season but then had been held out since UNC discovered the questionable term paper.
Instead, she said, the NCAA reviewed his case and ruled he had received an impermissible benefit.
UNC announced Nov. 15 that the NCAA has banned Ramsay permanently.
The majority of the paper returned to Ramsay contains only minor edits, but there are major differences between the paper Ramsay sent the tutor and the paper he received back. A three-sentence concluding paragraph is added, and the material in the opening paragraph is rearranged and expanded upon.
The other places where the paper returned to Ramsay differs from the one he sent the tutor:
Eight places where run-on sentences are split into two, plus a period added at the end of one paragraph.
Five places where commas are added.
Four places where word tenses are changed (for example, “affect” changed to “affecting”).
Four places where capital letters are made lower case.
Three cases where a word is dropped, added or changed to make Ramsay’s point clearer.
Three cases where a phrase is deleted, added or changed to make his point clearer.