Link to 99.9. Ovies and Gold about to interview IC’s Greg Barnes. Literally starting right now(4:10 pm).
Officials from North Carolina uncovered the academic issues in its own review, pertaining to a tutor, and self-reported the findings to the NCAA.
Sources report the various players involved were relegated to the scout team at practice on Wednesday.
At this point in time, no other details have been given, nor have the names of the players involved.Â Undoubtedly, that will come sometime soon, as the local media simply cannot ignore this third line of inquiry by the NCAA into problems with the UNC football program – even if the Carolina reported itself.
UPDATE: Joe Schad of ESPN reported: Marvin Austin, Bruce Carter and Robert Quinn were among the names involved.
Also, while rogue players interacting against NCAA rules is one thing, or an assistant coach’s potentially rule-breaking recruiting is another, this matter simply has to strike at the heart of the dreaded phrase: “lack of institutional control.”Â After all, the heart of all academic institutions is not athletics, it is, well, academics, right?
Taken individually, the problems with the football program at UNC may seem small and inconsequential.Â If one looks holistically, however, it certainly seems that the Tar Heel football program is operating outside the lines. Whether or not the NCAA agrees, whenever it releases its findings, remains to be seen.
Update: Mark Armstrong of WTVD Channel 11 has reported that a press conference will be held by UNC this evening:
Confirmed: big guns out tonight at UNC – Butch, Baddour, Thorp. This is not a drill.
The event, which will have head football coach Butch Davis, Athletic Director Dick Baddour and Chancellor Holden Thorp has been termed “an update on the NCAA investiagation.”Â Apparently, those who walk on the thick carpet in the halls of power at UNC have decided to break their self (not NCAA) imposed silence on the THREE (and counting) controversies surrounding Tar Heel football.
Also, one can also safely assume this: if Baddour and Holden are planning to share the stage with Butch Davis, then Davis is still in their good graces and that he has their backing…at least for the moment and at least in public.
UNC put standout players on scout team on Wednesday as UNC inquiry expands beyond agents and parties
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UNC is investigating if approximately 9 players including standouts had papers written by a former tutor
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Something interesting to consider: The UNC System Honor Code.
B. Academic Dishonesty
1. Plagiarism in the form of deliberate or reckless representation of anotherâ€™s words, thoughts, or ideas as oneâ€™s own without attribution in connection with submission of academic work, whether graded or otherwise.
2. Falsification, fabrication, or misrepresentation of data, other information, or citations in connection with an academic assignment, whether graded or otherwise.
3. Unauthorized assistance or unauthorized collaboration in connection with academic work, whether graded or otherwise.
4. Cheating on examinations or other academic assignments, whether graded or otherwise, including but not limited to the following: a. Using unauthorized materials and methods (notes, books, electronic information, telephonic or other forms of electronic communication, or other sources or methods), or
b. Representing anotherâ€™s work as oneâ€™s own.
9. Assisting or aiding another to engage in acts of academic dishonesty prohibited by Section II.B.
Penalties?Â They are there too:
4. Penalties of Record that are reflected both on a studentâ€™s academic transcript (during the period they remain in effect) and in a studentâ€™s disciplinary record s provided under governing policies, including the following:
a. Probation for a definite or indefinite period, including probation with associated conditions or requirements. Probation means that a student may remain at the University but may be required to satisfy specified conditions or requirements, report regularly to the Judicial Programs Officer, and be barred from holding any office or participating in any activity in which the student represents the University or University-recognized student organizations either within or outside the University community. The sanction of probation prohibits graduation until the period of probation has ended and the student has complied with all requirements as established by the Honor Court and the Judicial Programs Officer.
b. Suspension including the following forms of suspension with associated conditions or requirements:
…i. Suspension for a Definite or Indefinite Period means that the student is removed from good standing and must leave the University for a definite or indefinite period. Suspension anticipates that the student may eventually return if applicable conditions are satisfied. Academic work completed at another institution during a period in which a student is under suspension from the University may not be transferred toward the degree, but applicable health care or insurance benefits may be continued.
…ii. Permanent Suspension from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill means that the student is removed from good standing and must leave the University permanently without an expectation that the student may eventually return to the Chapel Hill campus. A student permanently suspended from the campus is not barred from seeking admission to another UNC system university, if that university wishes to permit such application following disclosure of the studentâ€™s disciplinary record at UNC-Chapel Hill. Permanent suspension may only be imposed with the concurrence of the Chancellor and will remain in effect until the Chancellor who imposed or approved the sanction or his or her successor concludes on the basis of the former studentâ€™s petition and any supportive documentation that the individual should be given a new opportunity to pursue higher education at UNC-Chapel Hill.
c. Expulsion if approved by the Chancellor. Expulsion means that a student is removed from the University permanently and may not be admitted to any UNC system university, unless and until the Chancellor who imposed or approved the sanction or his or her successor concludes on the basis of the former studentâ€™s petition and any supportive documentation that the individual should be given a new opportunity to pursue higher education within the UNC system.
In short it cannot be overstated that this strikes at the very core of the mission of any institute of higher learning: that is, to educate. If indeed there was a widespread pattern of academic fraud (and how can 6-9 football players having their schoolwork completed by a tutor be described as anything but that) then probation would not be an equitable penalty. Suspension or expulsion certainly would be.Â A common, regular Joe Tar Heel would be out on his ear after being caught for this, and it would be absolutely incomprehensible if Marvin Austin or any other football hero weren’t given exactly the same treatment.Â Call it what you like, but academic fraud is one of the worst of the worst sins a student can do in school, and it seems more and more than a good number of UNC football players have done exactly that.