Flashback: NCAA Report on the NC State “Scandal”

A member close to the Men’s Basketball team from the mid to late 1980s sent me an email this morning of snippets from the NCAA’s report involving the Shoes and Ticket “Scandal” of the late 80s. Unfortunately, all I was able to obtain were images of the report, and at that, they were truncated. After some Google searches, I was unable to actually locate the report in its entirety. Nonetheless, it does have some telling samples (emphasis mine):

In addition, the committee instructed the university to develop and implement a system for administrative control and monitoring to ensure compliance with the NCAA legislation.

The committee said it did not find that any clear and direct competitive advantage accrued to the North Carolina State program as a result of the violations in this case. The committee, however, determined that the case was major in nature principally because the university “failed to control its intercollegiate athletics program in complaince with the rules and regulations of the NCAA” in two primary areas — the handling of complimentary admissions to regular-season and Atlantic Coast Conference tournament baskebtall games, and the manner in which the basketball shoes were issued to the members of the team.

Further, the report says that NC State cooperated enough with self-imposed sanctions that it did not deem a TV ban to be necessary. The self-imposed penalties were:

a. No off-campus recruiting and no official paid visits for the 1989-90 academic year.

b. A limitation on basketball grants-in-aid [scholarships] to 12 for the 1990-91 and 1991-92 academic years.

c. A reduction in the men’s basketball coaching staff for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 academic years to one head coach, two assistant coaches and one of the two other coaches permitted by NCAA legislation

In other words, because some tickets and shoes were sold which did not provide any benefit to competition, NC State self imposed reductions in scholarships and staff as well as recruiting restrictions. The NCAA found this as acceptable to its almighty power. Shoes. And Tickets gave us Les Robinson.

Not that I have to compare and contrast for our well-informed audience, but for those meandering over here from search engines, lets compare that to the current situation at North Carolina.

  • Rogue Tutors
  • Rogue Department Heads
  • Rogue Agents (aka Rouge Assistant Coaches)
  • Rogue Department Admins
  • Rogue Coaches
  • Rogue Term Papers
  • Rogue Extra benefits to players in the form of hotels, parties, and jewelry
  • Rogue Parking tickets mysteriously paid
  • Rogue Academic and Athletic Advisors routinely shifting players towards Rogue Departments for no-show classes to maintain eligibility
  • Rogue Clustering of athletes into one department that turns out to be Rogue
  • Rogue FERPA violations by posting a star athlete’s transcript online (which shows a GPA of 1.8)
  • A very clear and unhealthy expensive cupcake eating habit

And so far, Mark Emmert and the Almighty Power of the NCAA who decided to hammer Penn State for what was essentially an issue that did not aid competition on the field (and I’m not saying Penn State didn’t get what they deserved), has remained silent. The line coming from the NCAA is that they’re done with UNC. They did their investigation, levied a bowl ban and some scholarship losses. Oh and probation.

Meanwhile, it’s become abundantly clear that the NCAA did not do a thorough job of their “investigation”… err, Review… as the most severe and major academic issues were uncovered by nameless Internet sleuths all the while UNC remains defiant and only comes forward with information after the toothpaste is out of the tube.

I believe that the NCAA, although they claim to be through with UNC, will be compelled into action. The multi-billion dollar, TAX EXEMPT organization has its credibility on the line not just with UNC but with a slew of other schools that are seemingly receiving far worse penalties for doing things that pale in comparison to perhaps the largest academic fraud case that not only UNC has seen, but the NCAA and all of its member institutions. Because of this and because of the desire for self-preservation, the NCAA will be compelled into action.

Lets hope that the media continues its barrage of stories. One media outlet seems to be silent though… where’s ESPN? Or does that question even need to be asked?

UNC Scandal

35 Responses to Flashback: NCAA Report on the NC State “Scandal”

  1. LRM 08/15/2012 at 9:16 AM #

    Unless Tim Tebow transfers to UNC, don’t count on any coverage by ESPN.

  2. gumby 08/15/2012 at 9:31 AM #

    I don’t necessarily agree that what Penn State officials did (or didn’t do) did not aid competition on the field – albeit indirectly. Even if they had reported Sandusky years ago when they first learned of his actions, the damage to Penn State’s reputation would have been tarnished (though not nearly as bad as now). One could reasonably argue that the bad PR would have hurt recruiting and therefore hindered competition.

    Penn State got hammered for embarassing the NCAA and offending sensibilities. They were already toast legally and reputationally so it wasn’t a hard decision for the NCAA to pile on. Emmert threw the already damaged product that is Penn State under the bus to give the perception he means business, with no loss to the NCAA that hadn’t already been incurred. The real measure of Emmert’s (and therefore the NCAA’s) moral fiber will be what they do (or don’t do) to U*NC, which is still (currently) one of their golden-egg-laying geese. What’s it going to be, Mr. Emmert? Protect the profitable product or do the right thing?

  3. tobaccordshow 08/15/2012 at 9:34 AM #

    Gumby, I think in this instance that in-action by the NCAA regarding UNC would not be protecting the profitable product. The NCAA is getting slammed from everywhere.

    In this ultra-rare instance, the right thing and protecting the profit directly line up.

    I believe the NCAA will have to act in the name of self preservation.

  4. primacyone 08/15/2012 at 9:37 AM #

    It really is impossible to understand pansie kissing that UNC has received. What has been going at at U*NC is plain and simple HORRIBLE and CORRUPT.

    In additiona, am I expected to believe that no athlete at UNC has ever sold their sneakers? How else did they pay for their brand new $75K Range Rover?

  5. Wufpacker 08/15/2012 at 9:39 AM #

    “They were already toast legally and reputationally so it wasn’t a hard decision for the NCAA to pile on.”

    This is actually what bothers me about it. Appears to me they decided to hit the low hanging fruit hard and fast while they had public opinion on their side, not because they actually had the authority to do it.

  6. gumby 08/15/2012 at 10:05 AM #

    “Appears to me they decided to hit the low hanging fruit hard and fast while they had public opinion on their side, not because they actually had the authority to do it.”

    I think the “morals clause” gave them the authority, but should they have exercised it? I agree that it was done purely for NCAA’s self interest and not because there was an overwhelming “need” to punish Penn State.

    tobaccordshow I hear you, and I do hope that the pressure has finally built up enough to swing the pendulum that way. Up until recently, it clearly hasn’t been the case. What disturbs me is that IF the NCAA acts, it will be perceived – and justifiably so – that the NCAA finally acted out of self interest rather than due to any moral compass.

  7. Wufpacker 08/15/2012 at 10:06 AM #

    “I think the “morals clause” gave them the authority”

    I don’t. Not to do it the way they did, at least.

  8. JEOH2 08/15/2012 at 10:07 AM #

    The most unfortunate thing right now for UNC, is not only the discovery of how far reaching this scandal goes…but the fact that these new details popped up after the Olympics ended and before the start of football season…sports media has very little else to cover…so why not cover this…

    That and a HIGH profile name like Julius Peppers’ involvement makes it more enticing…

  9. wilmwolf80 08/15/2012 at 10:23 AM #

    This is why I care, why I will continue to care, and will continue to fight and push for real investigations and real punishment. Revenge is a dish that is best served cold, and it’s time for UNx to take their seat at the table.

  10. notagain 08/15/2012 at 10:30 AM #

    This question may have been asked and answered in other posts, but anyway…

    Has anyone been in contact (phone, email, etc) with anyone at NCAA, NC State Legislature, investigative state agencies, or anyone else and gotten a resonable answer about the need for further outside, independent investigation? It seems like there are multiple agencies that could grab hold of this and run with it. Anyone think the fact that this is election year is putting a damper on possible investigation by the state auditor or other similarly elected state officials??

  11. T-Pack 08/15/2012 at 10:39 AM #

    My question is, where is John Swofford? In a hospital bed somewhere in a coma? And why aren’t other ACC schools (especially those who have suffered his ‘wrath’ in the past) not up in arms about his silence?

  12. old13 08/15/2012 at 10:47 AM #

    ” . . . NC State Legislature, investigative state agencies . . . ”

    Do you really expect action from organizations whose “leadership” is composed of mostly people with U*NC ties, some of whom may even be complicit it all of this!

  13. gumby 08/15/2012 at 10:48 AM #

    I don’t think the State Auditor has the bandwidth to address the matter, and likely doesn’t want to tread where the SBI, Secretary of State, and/or Attorney General may already (or soon) be involved. State Auditor would be mostly concerned about matters where state funds were defrauded, misused or spend inefficiently (yeah yeah you can argue the relvance but it’s a stretch) – and U*NC already has an Internal Audit Department that should go there first. As for the AG and SoS – good question – where are they? As to the state politics – U*NC has their grubby tentacles deep in both parties, so don’t expect either to howl for an investigation. Dems are full of U*NC grad lawyers and Art Pope won’t let the Reps go after his alma mater…

  14. packof81 08/15/2012 at 10:56 AM #

    Failing to prove any shred of that disgusting little book full of lies, the UNC dirty tricks committee had Valvano keelhauled over shoes and tickets.

    And now UNC has been caught doing about every bad thing a college can do to enhance it’s competitive advantage but the NCAA is already done with them without addressing any of the really serious stuff and shows no inclination to reopen the investigation.

    Every college that has endured sanctions from the NCAA should be raising hell about this.

  15. notagain 08/15/2012 at 11:01 AM #

    Anyone talked to Debbie about this? Not that she can do anything, just her opinion about how it is being handled; maybe her thoughts on the NON-action of acc, ncaa, etc??

  16. triadwolf 08/15/2012 at 11:29 AM #

    While I am enjoying the show thus far, it could end up doing more damage to the ACC as a whole if this thing gets ugly. Nobody really gave a rats ass about ACC football anyway so that was a minor blip on the radar. Now we’re talking about potentially stripping two National Titles and multiple final four appearances for one of the two schools that have carried the conference in basketball for two decades?

    Part of me hopes UNC reaps what they’ve sewn, but there may be a lot of collateral damage to the conference when this is all over. Of course one good thing may be the removal of John Swofford.

  17. eas 08/15/2012 at 11:35 AM #

    Swofford is staying clear of this one. The NCAA will have to save face after the free ride they gave in the last investigation.

    What scares me the most? That the UNC scandal was basically brought to life by an NC State fan. Which is awesome because it shows how stupid the NCAA & Carolina appear now. However, it is also bad because every UNC fan/alumni will be all over the NCSU athletic program like a fly on $#%T. We will have to hope nothing remotely bad is happening here.

    I’m happy justice is finally going to be served (one way or another) for the Holes! I am still nervous the media gladly shows NCSU PackPride as the main source. Fuel for the fire in my book….Still it shows that a NCSU person uncovered things a “professional” could not.

  18. UpstateSCWolfpack 08/15/2012 at 11:37 AM #

    Why isn’t the entire faculty of unx stepping up to demand a transparent investigation into the cheating. Ultimately it is their reputations as educators at the school that is on the line. They should be mad as hell that this happened and they have no integrity at all if they sit on their hands. They should be out protesting the administration, with their pictures on front pages demanding action. Jimmy V and staff may have failed to oversee the basketball players education, but unx is a school that oversaw and directed football and basketball players to cheat.

  19. triadwolf 08/15/2012 at 11:43 AM #

    Marching and protesting against the people who write your checks always seems to work out well for people…

  20. gumby 08/15/2012 at 11:59 AM #

    meh…they have tenure. Light the torches!

  21. triadwolf 08/15/2012 at 12:08 PM #

    Good point – Burn’m All!!!

  22. Wufpacker 08/15/2012 at 12:42 PM #

    “Anyone talked to Debbie about this? Not that she can do anything, just her opinion about how it is being handled; maybe her thoughts on the NON-action of acc, ncaa, etc??”

    She’s no dummy so I’m guessing whatever opinion she has she is keeping close to the vest regardless of what it is. As it should be.

  23. vtpackfan 08/15/2012 at 1:05 PM #

    Just pop some corn and enjoy the gift that is “Dirty” Dan Kane. His boss, Chief Sports Editor, wrote a piece all but saying that Kane has the green light to pursue every angle, no matter how circumstantial, and build a case of systematic corruption at UNC*. The national guys will drop it in a few weeks, the NCAA is busy keeping Academically qualified athletes that turned down Duke and Carolina, from participating with their teams (Shabazz the latest pin cushion).
    Too many Governors Club golf chums from Rams Club and BoG for that to factor into anything resembling responsibility and public service.

    “Dirty Dan” is the new Hunter S Thompson. We are moving out of the rouge, multi prong phase into the “Fear and Loathing in Chapel Hill” segment.

    HaHa, justice….crazy style!

  24. PoppaJohn 08/15/2012 at 1:59 PM #

    I always thought UNC was too heavy on the “rouge”

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