CBS’s Doyel crushes UNC-Cheat: “Maybe the ugliest academic scandal in NCAA history”

The hits just a keep on coming as the national media FINALLY wakes up to

I didn’t think it could get much better than this. I was wrong.

CBS’s Gregg Doyel tweeted today that he is mad at himself for ignoring the UNC academic fraud scandal and that he wouldn’t ignore it any longer. He didn’t. And, his work is one for the ages – click here.

The entire thing is a must read…but, we’ll call out some quotes that we want to have for easy reference in the

“Maybe the ugliest academic scandal in NCAA history”

We tend to believe what we want, and since my sister graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and loved the school so much that she still lives nearby, I didn’t want to believe this school — her school — could be so shameful.

But it is. The school’s cover is blown. The free ride, as I said, is over.

And to North Carolina’s shame on so many levels, the cover was blown by a fan at North Carolina State.

We have evidence not only of grades being given to athletes for at least a decade — but also that UNC academic support staff steered athletes to those classes. This can’t be dismissed as the rogue actions of a man named Julius Nyang’oro, the embattled former head of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. If it was just him, well, that could be explained away to a certain extent. The school would be vulnerable to NCAA sanctions, but one man running amok? That’s not horrible.

What actually happened at North Carolina?

This is horrible.

Did the coaches know? Well, ask yourself this: Are we to believe that academic advisers were steering famous athletes to bogus classes behind the backs of the millionaire coaches who recruited, coached and needed those athletes to remain eligible?

Answers are coming, but already we know this: The scandal spanned the decade from 2001-11. Know what happened that decade? The UNC men’s basketball team played in three Final Fours. It won national titles in 2005 and ’09.

It’s time for the NCAA to start digging. In the meantime, North Carolina should get a head start on some of its own chores.

For starters? There are some banners at the Smith Center that need to come down.

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57 Responses to CBS’s Doyel crushes UNC-Cheat: “Maybe the ugliest academic scandal in NCAA history”

  1. old13 08/14/2012 at 7:43 PM #

    If the NCAA doesn’t lift a finger to investigate this IMO, some high profile programs who have already been punished recently for much lesser violations will be looking at leaving the NCAA. And that would be the doom of the dufus organization.

  2. Wufpacker 08/14/2012 at 7:59 PM #

    That could be a win-win. NCAA crumbles, Carolina likely still shamed and shunned in whatever organization supercedes the NCAA. I’m in.

  3. JSRy2k 08/14/2012 at 8:06 PM #

    “…one of their biggest cash cows…”
    I honestly don’t know: Could somebody please tell me how the NCAA receives money from the member schools? Are there annual fees? Based on TV ratings?

  4. Hawkeye Whitney 08/14/2012 at 8:15 PM #

    Would love to see ESPN try to hype a Duke-UNC basketball matchup where UNC has reduced scholarships, bans on post-season play, and Duke is a 20+ point favorite. I don’t care what the history is, it won’t be long until Gott’s friends at the network realize that Duke-NCSU is the new rivalry to follow. All of a sudden, they’ll be playing file footage of Case, Reynolds Coliseum and David Thompson.

    And by the way, ask anyone who has ever met Julius Peppers how they would rate his intelligence. Just ask.

  5. ppack3 08/14/2012 at 8:47 PM #

    “Did the coaches know? Well, ask yourself this: Are we to believe that academic advisers were steering famous athletes to bogus classes behind the backs of the millionaire coaches who recruited, coached and needed those athletes to remain eligible?”

    Well, Butchie didn’t know that his Asst HC, long time friend and guy he worked with for 20 hours a day was an agent’s runner. I guess anything’s possible, isn’t it? [sarcasm]

  6. Wufpacker 08/14/2012 at 8:57 PM #

    The vast majority of their cash comes from television contracts. Combined with what they make from tourneys/championships and you’re above 92% of their nearly $850mil for last fiscal year.

    Better TV ratings mean better TV contracts next time around, so the incentive to protect schools that draw well (cash cows) is apparent.

  7. ncsu05mit10 08/14/2012 at 9:21 PM #

    Not a terribly scathing piece, but this is starting to see some coverage in the NYTimes.

  8. choppack1 08/14/2012 at 9:34 PM #

    A relative fluff piece…I think the UNC fan they interviewed sums up the school’s, NCAA’s and our “fine” state’s political leadership very nicely. “Let’s put 10 plus years of cheating behind us with one year of suffering. And we have no desire to find out what else happened.”

    I am really surprised by the NCAA’s cavalier attitude towards all this.

    Like I suspected when the Penn State verdict came down – they are classic, ethically-challenged bullies.

  9. Wufpacker 08/14/2012 at 9:38 PM #

    Doyel’s hate mail column will be as fun as beer and skittles this week.

  10. JohnGalt78 08/14/2012 at 9:44 PM #

    Checked E-bay for UNC Nat Champ banners. Nothing yet. Was wondering if perhaps they might have some value….you know, like a coin with a misprint or something. Maybe so…but then again, there’d be so many of them on the market at once, their value would be greatly diminished. Essentially worthless….like they were when they were first hung from the Dome of Shame.

  11. ncsu1987 08/14/2012 at 9:48 PM #

    ^hellfishtat: couldn’t agree more. Look for the NCAA to declare that they’ve already ruled on this and that they will rely on UNC to clean their house. Remember that the NCAA already blew through town, investigated their asses off, and MISSED all of this. These revelations are a huge embarrassment to Mr. Emmert right now. No way in hell they come back to town on this one. Be satisfied with the increased national attention. It’s the most we’ll get, I fear.

  12. choppack1 08/14/2012 at 9:55 PM #

    This evening I was listening to the ACC radio show on 94.5 (It sucks, don’t bother.)

    But as luck would have it, he was interviewing Steve Williams. The host mentioned that Arkansas fans got rid of Houston Nutt with a Freedom of Information act when his Razorback issued cell-phone had lots of activities….

    Guess who Nutt’s agent is? Jimmy Sexton.

    Of course, the dates don’t exactly match up – Nutt was fired in 2007, and Davis was hired in 2006, so it would be interesting to see if Butch ever used his UNC phones or if the 216 number was the only one he ever used…

  13. JohnGalt78 08/14/2012 at 10:48 PM #

    “Remember that the NCAA already blew through town, investigated their asses off, and MISSED all of this.”

    Maybe they didn’t miss anything… in, they found it all.

  14. wolfpacker 08/15/2012 at 6:48 AM #

    Where’s Johnny?

    I’m sure he and Holden are trying to figure out how to hide all this mess, right now. Oh, and Roy?

    I’m fairly certain this goes back much further than 10 years…more like 20. Since around 1989, when the hammer came down on NC STATE. How IRONIC is it that while ‘some people’ were cleaning up the mess in Raleigh in the early 90’s, unx was creating a SYSTEM to keep players eligible, give them grades, allow them to graduate, and win (by cheating no less) championships.


    Then again, many of the Wolfpack faithful have known it all along.

  15. Greywolf 08/15/2012 at 6:49 AM #

    “golf76, Peppers didn’t arrive at UNC until 1999, 2 years after Brown left for Texas. Brown coached at UNC from 88-97.”

    The word is “arrove.” “Peppers didn’t “arrove” at UNC until 1999″

    While it’s true that Peppers didn’t arrove until 2 years after Brown left for Texas, the system had to have been in place before Peppers arrove.

  16. graywolf 08/15/2012 at 8:02 AM #

    How long can the NCAA go without coming back to Chapel Hill if the media continues to press them to do so ? It’s going to make the NCAA look even worse than they are if they choose to ignore the media.

  17. Texpack 08/15/2012 at 8:18 AM #

    Doyel was on 610 in Houston yesterday during drive time discussing this. Hopefully he is making the rounds of the major market sports talk shows to help spread the word. He said there was no other academic scandal close to this in NCAA history. Nice to see this finally getting the proper coverage and characterization.

  18. HPWolf 08/15/2012 at 9:08 AM #

    1. “The Carolina Way” is exposed for all to see. We have won. Anyone that follows sports knows this now.

    2. This goes back to at least 1982. Carolina basketball players at that time rarely came to class and on exam day strangers showed up in their absence. My source on this was a manager for the basketball team at the time sharing classes.

    3. We still haven’t hit the bottom of this scandal yet. Carolina boosters have been paying athletes for decades. This is what starvin marvin was referring to when he said he would “Spill The Beans”. Cars and cash have been the norm.

  19. TeufelWolf 08/15/2012 at 9:41 AM #

    I hate to say it because I’d love to see justice but (comma) absolutely nothing is going to come of this. State fans are the only ones who care. Colin Cowherd said exactly what everyone else is thinking which is no one cares because everyone does it. I wish it were different but to believe something is going to happen would be setting myself up for disappointment…kinda like the upcoming election.

  20. Wolfacct 08/15/2012 at 9:56 AM #

    If this scandal keeps giving, I don’t know if I will be able to contain myself. And if nothing else comes of this with respect to NCAA penalties, etc. at least the arrogance spewing from Chapel Hill and their alumni will be curtailed.

  21. JSRy2k 08/15/2012 at 10:28 AM #

    Thanks Wuf, that is hugely enlightening. Can you say conflict of interest? Maybe the NCAA needs to get their paws out of the TV coffers.

  22. WolftownVA81 08/15/2012 at 10:35 AM #

    ^HP, sounds like our man Dan Kane has some more digging to do. This could keep him busy for a long time.

    At some point, the bureaucracies that are the NCAA and NC Government will have to get energized. The are going to take a beating in the court of public opinion if they don’t. This has gotten far to big to ignore.

  23. Pack1998 08/15/2012 at 1:32 PM #

    The argument that everyone is doing it is NOT correct – and is simply a lazy response.

  24. RedandWhite97 08/15/2012 at 1:38 PM #

    ^To further that, we have proof that UNC-CHeat has been ‘doing it’ and to what extent they ‘did it’. Does UNC-CHeat and the BOG have proof that everyone else is ‘doing it’, just like them? NOPE!

    All I know is, for the next several years/decades, we will have to watch our back like we’ve never done before. Any opportunity they have to rake us over the coals, they will do it……and this time, it won’t be to the scale of the Jimmy V stuff.

    We didn’t just poke the bear….we tazed, shot, branded and kicked the bear!

  25. wufpup76 08/15/2012 at 4:08 PM #


    Friday, Friday … Gonna get down on Friday!

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