“Please help,” the player wrote to the tutor. “I’m going down. ”
The player attached a paper that was six double-spaced pages, according to the document. The tutor emailed back later with a note that the paper was now 8.5 pages, with only a little bit more to go.
“I looked over your paper,” she wrote, “and expanded it in a lot of areas!!!”
The university took the position, according to the documents, that it was difficult to tell what changes the tutor had made, saying there was “no direct information” that the tutor had made any changes based on emails it could retrieve. UNC suggested that formatting changes were the reason for the different lengths, and the player said that the tutor didn’t write any part of the paper. Wiley has been silent.
The NCAA and UNC-Chapel Hill spent countless hours investigating the improper cash, perks and tutoring football players received, eventually levying sanctions that cost the team a bowl opportunity and athletic scholarships.
But there’s little indication the NCAA is investigating another scandal that arguably paints a much darker picture: dozens of bogus classes largely attended by athletes that were offered by a longtime academic department chairman.
Simply amazing. We constantly hear how the NCAA has too much power and the rules are petty, but apparently you can have systematic fraud in the “education” of your student-athletes without risk of NCAA sanctions. Meanwhile, schools that actually make an effort to teach and make their athletes work run the risk of not being eligible for the post-season due to sub-standard Academic Progress Rates.
Does that make sense to anyone?
You can go to town on some analysis of today’s document release by clicking here.
First thing I see is a legal bill of approximately $67k.
WRAL online is now running a story about the records release. One of the funnier passages:
In one email exchange, an unidentified student-athlete reaches out to a tutor saying, “Please help. I’m going down,” with a two-and-a-half page, single-spaced paper attached.
A response to the email shortly thereafter reads, “I looked over your paper, and expanded it in a lot of areas!!! You are now at 8 ½ pages!!!”
Hilarious. You have to wonder how many of the extra pages were due to the tutor’s exclamation mark usage.
Additionally, please don’t ignore the news and discussion on Butch Davis’ 216 telephone that we’ve got running here.