If you were wondering where the UNC-CH Board of Trustees stood on the latest news out of the flagship, an article in today’s News and Observer explains that Wade Hargrove, the chairman of the UNC-CH BOT, finds it “troubling in the extreme” and wants more answers
Wade Hargrove, chairman since last summer, said the new information about the class raises questions that still need answering.
Among them are documenting how the class was created and how the football players knew to enroll within days after it opened for registration. Eighteen members of the team and one former player enrolled in the class.
I have to agree with Hargrove that those answers would be interesting. Regarding the class in question, the N & O seems to answer one of those questions, telling us:
Records show academic support staff for student-athletes at the university helped the football players register for the class and were aware of how Nyang’oro would handle the course.
“We’ve done a very thorough investigation on the academic side,” Thorp said last summer.
A month later, The N&O obtained a partial transcript showing that football star Marvin Austin had taken an advanced, 400-level class under Nyang’oro when he first arrived on campus. Austin later enrolled in a basic writing class, records show.
University officials launched another internal review and notified the NCAA of the swirl of questions.
A subsequent university report said no athletes had received favorable treatment in Nyang’oro’s department.
But that report, issued last month, also detailed irregularities in the department and in classes under Nyang’oro.
It was announced then that Nyang’oro would retire, effective July 1. Thorp called the review thorough and diligent.