UNC has released a statement about the NCAA investigation into the alleged UNC academic problems.
With the NCAA enforcement staff, our internal working group of University Counsel Leslie Strohm, Senior Associate Dean Jonathan Hartlyn, and former faculty athletics representative Jack Evans interviewed faculty and staff in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, academic support counselors, and student-athletes who had taken multiple courses in the department.
Based on the joint review, UNC and the NCAA staff concluded there were no violations of current NCAA rules or student-athlete eligibility issues related to courses in African and Afro-American Studies. As a result, the NCAA did not add any allegations or include this issue during the University’s appearance in October 2011 before the Committee on Infractions.
On Aug. 23, 2012, University Counsel Leslie Strohm and Senior Associate Dean Jonathan Hartlyn provided an update to the enforcement staff. The NCAA staff reaffirmed to University officials that no NCAA rules appeared to have been broken.
Of all the responses I expected, that was the probably the last one and, frankly, I am not sure what to say about it. I did happen to see some interesting tweets about it though.
Dan Wolken @DanWolken
So UNC has years of documented, institutionalized academic fraud and no NCAA rules were broken? Got it.
Jay Bilas @JayBilas
And NCAA wonders why it’s a laughingstock?: http://bit.ly/O1bzUF Cue NCAA Prez to lecture on integrity, and who’s “in charge.”
Gregg Doyel @GreggDoyelCBS
I went to McDonald’s this morning, then read the paper. Am now nine credit hours closer to a UNC degree
RT @GoodmanCBS: Still trying to grasp the fact that NCAA announced no violations broken in UNC’s academic scandal.
Stewart Mandel @slmandel
Long story short on NCAA’s “conclusion.” UNC, unlike Penn St, didn’t make the evening news.
A Boise State recruit sleeps on a couch, Boise is nailed. UNC uses fake classes to keep players eligible? Nothing to see here!
Devon Edwards @Devon2012
What happened at UNC is infinitely more detrimental to everything the NCAA holds dear than criminal actions at Penn State. Not even close.
The NCAA has essentially established a dangerous precedent that it operates outside the constraints of jurisdiction and due process (as with Penn State), while
encouraging incentivizing its member institutions to set up a system that operates outside of acceptable academic standards for athletic gains (as with the Flagship).
We’re not wasting a lot of time on this mess today because we’re all getting ready for the game tonight, so for a variety of national reaction, check out @statefansnation.