I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing!
Several stories breaking tonight on the UNC scandal:
The University of North Carolina has sent a disassociation letter severing ties with Jennifer Wiley, the former tutor associated with the school and NCAA’s investigation into possible academic misconduct within the Tar Heels football program.
In the letter, dated Nov. 5 and signed by athletic director Dick Baddour, states that Wiley provided impermissible academic assistance to some of the schoolâ€™s student-athletes in 2009 and 2010.
The letter also states that Wiley provided impermissible financial assistance in excess of $2,000 in connection with travel and transportation issues. The university released the letters to the media this afternoon as the result of public records requests.
Keep in mind that Ms. Wiley is the same tutor that was deemed to have an inappropriate relationship with at least 1 UNC football player. Due to that relationship, UNC made the decision to not continue her contract back in 2009. Yet despite this inappropriate relationship, Butch Davis continued to employ Ms. Wiley up until the Spring of 2010 and neither Butch nor any official at UNC thought it made sense to determine if her employment was appropriate. At the time UNC discontinued Ms. Wiley’s participation in the tutor program for an inappropriate relationship, nobody at UNC investigated the work done by UNC student-athletes to determine whether the inappropriate relationship between Ms. Wiley and at least 1 UNC football player led to the academic fraud which is now at the center of second prong of the ongoing investigation.
This is NCAA compliance at its best.
I guess I can understand a university not catching everything, but considering UNC knew of the improper relationship it is almost as if they simply ignored the potential of academic fraud which is the whole point of setting boundaries on relationships between tutors and student-athletes in the first place. If there is no need for an investigation, then why discontinue her participation in the tutor program? Then nobody at UNC informs Butch that Ms. Wiley was let go, why she was let go, or that it isn’t a good idea for him to continue employing her.
Hello? Anybody home in UNC’s compliance department?
Reinstatement requests sent by the university to the NCAA indicate that impermissible gifts, including cash, jewelry and travel and entertainment expenses were provided to football players by:
Former UNC player Hakeem Nicks ($3,300).
Former UNC player Omar Brown ($1,865).
Former UNC player Mahlon Carey ($140).
Vernon Davis ($20).
A person from Miami whose full name is not known to the university
Another former player mentioned giving thousands of dollars worth of benefits to at least 1 current UNC player. Anyone surprised?
Why go to any other university when you can go to UNC, get hooked up with thousands of dollars worth of benefits, travel around the country, commit academic fraud and stay in school and play in the current season(or redshirt if it is your’s or the program’s best interest) even if you get caught?
That is a heck of a recruiting pitch. The Carolina Way!!!
Here is the official document from UNC detailing this latest release of information.