Well it’s Friday again and believe it or not, UNC-CH football is back in the news.
Hakeem Nicks, one of the all-time great football players at UNC-Chapel Hill, played his final season in 2008 while ineligible to be on the field, the university acknowledged Thursday.
NCAA documents show that Nicks received improper academic help in the spring of 2008 from a tutor implicated in the NCAA scandal at UNC. The NCAA called what happened â€œacademic fraud.â€
Nicksâ€™ ineligibility has not been widely known and was not previously acknowledged by the university.
Does this mean that UNC-CH should have to vacate wins from the 2008 season as well?
A Daily Tar Heel staffer was enrolled in AFAM 428 in the summer of 2009 and had this to say:
Harrison told the DTH the class never met, and at the end of the session, he emailed professor Julius Nyang’oro a 20-page paper. Nyang’oro was the longtime chairman of the African and Afro-American Studies department until he stepped down as the scandal began to surface. He has since been forced into retirement.
“I never once saw Nyang’oro,” Harrison told the DTH
If you missed this column from national writer Pat Forde, then you must read this entire link on the UNC-CH scandal:
History professor Jay Smith was part of a large group of academicians that issued a statement in February on UNC athletic principles, urging openness, responsibility and mission consistency. Since then, he has seen the situation get exponentially worse.
“Of course it’s academic fraud,” Smith wrote in an email. “And it’s a form of fraud that was designed (by whom we can’t say yet) to keep athletes eligible, making plausible ‘progress toward the degree.’ I don’t blame the athletes â€“ and that’s important to make clear. Many of us feel this way. It’s not the athletes’ fault that they’re often being shepherded through a bogus course of study, and are also made to pay the piper if they fall short of some measure invented by the NCAA.
Meanwhile, Coach Tom O’Brien continues to make his players champions off the field:
Wednesday, the Wolfpack held its inaugural â€œLift for Lifeâ€ as fans and supporters wandered in to watch â€“ Bible among them.
â€œWhen I learned about it, it was really quite an honor to be somebody who was an inspiration to put this into motion,â€ Bible said. â€œObviously, the purpose is meaningful. It has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with reaching out to a situation or people who are a lot less fortunate.
â€œItâ€™s an example of young people taking action. Not sitting by. Not letting the world go by, but being proactive in something that obviously is a tremendous cause.â€
Please read that link because it is a great, great story.
The basketball team is getting ready for a trip to Spain and it looks like Lorenzo Brown will not be playing as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
Gottfried said Brown likely would be able to play in Spain, and probably would if it were a regular-season game, but said thereâ€™s no reason to risk further issues.
â€œOur plan is to just go real slow with him,â€ Gottfried said.
State will play five games against Spanish pro teams over 10 days. With three McDonald’s All-Americans added to four returning starters, expectations are high for Gottfriedâ€™s second season, after the Wolfpack won 24 games and reached the Sweet 16 in March.
The coach was excited about the ability to get a jump-start on the 2013 season with the early practices and trip.
â€œItâ€™s a good learning experience for everybody,â€ Gottfried said.