UNC-CH academic scandal update & Tar Heel police blotter roundup


A WRAL story that went up this evening has some interesting details regarding the widening academic scandal in Chapel Hill.  The most important thing to me is the revelation that, according to the article, ~58% of the students in the “suspect” classes were athletes:

More than half of the students enrolled in the classes in question were athletes, according to Nancy Davis, associate vice chancellor for university relations. 246 of them were football players (36 percent of enrollments); 23 were basketball players (3 percent); and 131 (19 percent) were students who competed in Olympic sports.

I wonder if they consider baseball as an Olympic sport for the purposes of those numbers — you will excuse me if I don’t take UNC-CH’s numbers at face value.  Either way, I wonder if they will still cling to the ridiculous “athletes got no preferential treatment” mantra.  Moving on, some refreshing news!  Apparently there are some adults in Chapel Hill – History Professor Jay Smith is not amused by the whole thing:

”I was sickened by it as I think most faculty around the campus were…”

“We had all this news about a rogue tutor,” Smith explained. “There was a rogue assistant coach, a rogue agent, now, a rogue faculty member and a rogue administrative assistant. That’s a lot of rogues.”

The News and Observer has also finally gotten to the party. Their approach seems to still be a dying effort to hold up the statements about this making the University stronger. Hilarity. There is a certain Wake County Superior Court judge who likes to share a chuckle about how many people he’s helped find Jesus just before their sentencing hearing. The N&O claims that UNC Chapel Hill might take action against (insert name of one of many “Rogue” individuals here).

Now, university officials say they may seek action against Nyang’oro for not teaching a class as they had anticipated. The move comes after The News & Observer inquired about summer school payments to Nyang’oro.

We all know how lawsuits in this mess have turned out for the Heels. We can all also only hope that their arrogance and scape-goating ways have indeed allowed them to learn nothing from the McAdoo saga. We welcome lawsuits and all the clarity they typically bring with them to the show. If there is such a thing as buying a ticket to a deposition, we could make some serious dough being a broker for those. How much would you pay to watch a used and accused professor bring down the UNC Basketball house of cards?

Factually speaking, this story by the N&O brings forth a little more clarity on exactly who was in those fake classes:

Football players and basketball players accounted for 39 percent of the 686 enrollments in the 54 suspect classes. Football players alone accounted for 36 percent of the enrollments. Non-student athletes accounted for 42 percent of the enrollments; the rest are student athletes in non-revenue-producing sports.

But university officials say student athletes and non-student athletes were treated equally when it came to the no-show classes and unauthorized grade changes. Figures released Thursday show four non-student athletes received them along with three football players and three other student athletes who are not in revenue-generating sports.

The Chairman of UNC’s Board of Trustees, Wade Hargrove, was quoted in that same N&O article. His statement at least shows concern, but again it’s the party line that this is going to make UNC stronger. We are privy to at least one story regarding Wade Hargrove that gives us hope that he is indeed going to treat this mess appropriately. It can be assumed that ultimately he pulled the trigger on Butch. The question that remains is whether Butch’s firing was indeed an effort to root out the evils at UNC or whether it was a last ditch effort to salvage UNC Basketball. The latest developments in this story certainly bring that question to the forefront once again. Mr. Hargrove’s statement to the N&O:

“All of that is deeply troubling,” said Wade Hargrove, chairman of UNC-CH’s board of trustees. “My concern at this point is making sure that measures are in place to prevent these things from ever happening again at this university.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/11/2057064/unc-chapel-hill-might-take-action.html#storylink=cpy

And so we continue to get the ridiculous party line from UNC in this latest episode of their now epic cheating scandal. To wit: as long as regular students also cheated, that makes it ok. Umm, no. Regular students aren’t dealing with eligibility requirements enforced by the NCAA. Since the starting lineup of at least one UNC Basketball National Championship team was in AAS per one UNC student, there brings a high likelihood that stripping those players of their fake AAS credits would put their eligibility at the time in jeopardy. If their GPAs or even their credit totals dipped below minimum requirements, it will be time to consider lowering a banner or two.

And what is this yip we keep hearing about “if other students do it, that makes it okay?”. Where does this come from? Do adults really think that way? More to come on this issue in a later entry. You’ll want to check back in for that one. It seems UNC has been using this smoke-and-mirrors approach for years to hide their misdeeds, and in some cases inappropriately degrade the competition (all other ACC schools). Again, keep watching SFN for updates.


Now, let’s check in on some Tar Heels in the news!  This WRAL story gives us the amazing news that Donte Paige-Moss was arrested this week:

Former North Carolina defensive end Donte Paige-Moss was charged with speeding, reckless driving to endanger and driving while impaired in Orange County Wednesday.

Paige-Moss is set to appear in court June 28.

The junior declared for the 2012 NFL draft on January 2 but went undrafted. He has yet to sign anywhere as a free agent.

Alert SFN readers will remember Paige-Moss’ comments about the UNC-CH football scandal explaining (paraphrased) “only the bank robbers who get caught get in trouble.”  As well as him taking a swing at Sterling Lucas after a State-UNC game.  Here he is in action in Miami:

Also, earlier this week brought word that former UNC-CH football player Chris Hawkins got arrested in Kinston.

A former UNC football player who made national headlines for an improper benefits scandal has been arrested by the Kinston Department of Public Safety for shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Again, alert readers will recall that Hawkins was involved in the football scandal.  Among other things, he was considered an agent by the NCAA and was arrested on felony cocaine trafficking charges in 2009. Hawkins apparently had free run of the football building when Butch was in charge.


Stay tuned.


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37 Responses to UNC-CH academic scandal update & Tar Heel police blotter roundup

  1. tuckerdorm1983 05/10/2012 at 10:24 PM #

    my oh my!!! I am gonna get me some popcorn and curl up to the computer cause this is like one of them Spanish soap opera, there ain’t never a dull moment!!!

  2. old13 05/10/2012 at 10:41 PM #

    Hopefully this keeps going to the point that the UNC-CHeat BOT crooks, the UNC BOG bias, the rest of the crooked boosters, and the politicians participating in the cover-ups are exposed for what they are. I agree, TD, keep the popcorn popping!

  3. TheCOWDOG 05/10/2012 at 10:54 PM #

    Right…so… is this going to affect recruiting ?

  4. choppack1 05/10/2012 at 10:54 PM #

    Shocking that paige-moss is involved in such a thing.

    As for the academic scandal, it’s pretty obvious that those classes were either reserved for athletes or the rest of the school didn’t know about it…granted, I would have never taken a class like this. There is no practical application whatsoever….the number of other athletes is pretty high.

    If you wanted to be a sports agent, what a great way to network.

  5. PackerInRussia 05/10/2012 at 10:58 PM #

    Jay Smith: thank you for calling out the “rogues.” Pretty soon, everyone in Chapel Hill will be labeled “rogue.” (new nickname?)

  6. oceanman 05/10/2012 at 11:55 PM #

    And the hits just keep on coming. It won’t be long until outsiders, namely politicians, begin to take notice and ask some hard questions. Remember that these so called classes are subsidized by tax dollars allocated to the university for academic purposes by the legislature and then approved by the Governor of the State of North Carolina. For those funds to be utilized in such a manner as we are finding out about is misappropriation of funds. It is fraud, plain and simple. And to make it even more interesting, the liberals aren’t in charge in Raleigh any more to cover it all up, and by golly, its an election year. Could it get any better. Has anybody heard from Tom Ross today. I know where he is, he’s on the phone to Swofford and the BoG trying to concoct the next phase of the coverup.

  7. AppPack14 05/11/2012 at 2:04 AM #

    Seriously it should be pretty evident they’ve been the furthest thing from compliant and open with investigators/the media…. It’s the Carolina Way. Finally some people over there are being exposed for the crooks and hypocrites that they are. It really smells in Chapel Hell right now

  8. BureauOfMines 05/11/2012 at 4:07 AM #

    Which football player was it who flipped his SUV drunk and only got a speeding ticket?

    The UNC cop later changed the speed in the report then abruptly resigned.

  9. GotNCState 05/11/2012 at 6:10 AM #

    Bottom line is, Thorpe must be fired now. (Shoulda happened long ago though)

  10. graywolf 05/11/2012 at 6:39 AM #

    Get you popcorn ready because the hits just keep on coming ……..this thing may beat Star Wars for more repeat thrillers…..”The Carolina Way” part 4,5,6,7……

  11. LRM 05/11/2012 at 6:46 AM #

    I wonder if they consider baseball as an Olympic sport for the purposes of those numbers — you will excuse me if I don’t take UNC-CH’s numbers at face value.

    How dare you Old Mac. The Carolina Way will not be questioned by the lowly among us.

  12. Pack78 05/11/2012 at 7:01 AM #

    ^Yeah-remember folks, we are all just jealous because we couldn’t get into unx…

    Bet baseball is a major portion of that other 19%…

  13. logarithm 05/11/2012 at 7:19 AM #

    Given the disproportionate number of athletes in the classes, I think investigators should go after the (rogue?) academic advisers who seemed to steer athletes into this class. See what they know and see who flips on the others. If even one has something to say that implicates coaches or professors in anything conspiratorial, it’ll connect the dots nicely for the media to hopefully run with.

  14. sockerne1 05/11/2012 at 7:31 AM #

    The class does not need to be reserved for the athlete-students. When I played soccer, we were in the first block of sudents allowed to register for classes, so really only had to compete with graduate students for registration. Let a couple tutors or advisors hear what the grade distribution and workload are, and the athletes will be there. Similar to rocks for jocks (geology) at ncsu, although the percent of athletes is probably more like 15% in a class like that.

  15. GAWolf 05/11/2012 at 7:43 AM #

    Sockerne1: You’ve touched on a VERY important detail. I have some pretty ridiculously conflicting evidence about that detail and how UNC treats it. Stay tuned!

  16. Skoll 05/11/2012 at 7:44 AM #

    Wait a minute, they are saying that because 4 ‘regular’ students have their grades changed that it makes it “ok”? Or at least athletes aren’t being treated preferentially? Damn, just damn. I would say that if 7 of 11 got their grades changed it just goes to prove there WAS preferential treatment towards athletes. Athletes don’t make up a 2-1 advantage at the school in sheer numbers.

  17. backnine 05/11/2012 at 8:42 AM #

    The UNC Fighting Rogues.

    If “going rogue” is the new norm for people in Chapel Hill, what do they call the crazy people?

    When you’ve got a rogue assistant head coach, a rogue agent, a rogue tutor and now a rogue professor and a rogue administrator, its no longer called “rogue”. Folks, that’s called a SYSTEM!!

    Rome is burning and Tom Ross says, “its an isolated incident.” Wow, did that prolific and meaningful statement come straight out of, “Crises Management for Dummies?”

  18. packof81 05/11/2012 at 9:20 AM #

    GotNCState said, “Bottom line is, Thorpe must be fired now. (Shoulda happened long ago though)”

    As my pop would say, “There’s plenty more sumbitches where he come from.”

  19. state73 05/11/2012 at 9:35 AM #

    Only the tip of the iceberg! Remember what happened to the Titanic.

  20. wufpup76 05/11/2012 at 10:09 AM #

    It’s ok guys, these rogues form the Rogue Squadron in the Rebel Alliance.

    They’re actually good guys and gals. Nyang’oro = Wedge.

    “Get clear back there, Wedge! You can’t do any more good for these athletes!!!”


  21. Hungwolf 05/11/2012 at 10:14 AM #

    400 hundred athletes given bogus credit and bogus grades for classes that didn’t exist. that is 400 NCAA violations. 246 football players over 3 summer schools. That would be like almost the entire football team. 23 basketball players, wow, that would be the majority of all the bball players too. And most players that go to summer school the thinking would be that they doing so to remain eligible.

    Someone asked me why should I care what happens at UNC, one that is my tax dollars they cheating with. and two when the Board (UNC BOG) that governs the Public university system embarrasses our entire state nationally by not investigating and at best only asking the football coach “How’s recruiting going?” I have a right to be concerened when we have people that stupid and so openly putting their stamp of approval on what is going on at the third largest university in the state, as a citizen I have a right to be concerned! Especially when the State legislature allowed my tax dollars to help pay for out of state scholarships to UNC athletes!

  22. TheAliasTroll 05/11/2012 at 10:18 AM #

    UNC is a rogue school.

  23. WolftownVA81 05/11/2012 at 11:39 AM #

    I’m still waiting for the outrage from the UNC academic community. Where’s the protest, emails to the editors and interviews on local TV and where oh where is the good Dr. Friday? Oh I forgot, it’s Friday so it must be over.

  24. Prowling Woofie 05/11/2012 at 11:41 AM #

    Gosh, for so many years, it’s just been a rouge school… 🙂

  25. steelcity36 05/11/2012 at 12:13 PM #

    During the time period in question UNC Student Athletes (as well as NC State athletes) were receiving in-State tuition rates whether they were residents of NC or not. Therefore UNC was using at least some NC tax revenue to send these idiots to fake classes. I beleive the AG and State Auditor should be all over this. The current legislature did away with this subsidy, hence the push by Wolfpack Club and other school booster organizations to raise more money to pay for the full scholarship of student athletes.

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