Key fact retracted of Gov. Martin’s report

As we get ready to watch the Wolfpack try to add a blemish on Miami’s conference record, the News and Observer dropped a significant article regarding the report by Governor Martin stating that the UNC fraud was an academic problem and not an athletic problem.

The accounting firm that worked with former Gov. Jim Martin in investigating academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill last week dropped one of their key findings.

Martin had said athletic officials and academic support officials raised questions with the Faculty Committee on Athletics about courses in one department that were supposed to be lecture courses but never met. But eight members of the faculty committee told The News & Observer’s Dan Kane no such concerns had been raised.

But he’s an inexperienced investigator, and it showed in his report. After athletic department officials told him they had raised red flags with the faculty committee, neither Martin nor Baker Tilly interviewed any of the faculty committee members, except for the NCAA representative.

That’s right: Gov. Martin never talked to the people he blamed for dropping the ball.
Martin and Baker Tilly were obligated to interview several members of the faculty committee for two reasons:
• To make every effort to get to the truth;
• To give members of the committee a chance to respond to charges that they had heard concerns about possible academic abuse.

There’s no acceptable explanation for why Martin and Baker Tilly didn’t interview these faculty members. Martin and Baker Tilly seemed more determined to absolve the athletic department of blame than to get to the bottom of what went wrong.

Martin concluded in December that the academic wrongdoing at UNC was an isolated academic scandal. “This was not an athletic scandal,” he said.

He didn’t explicitly define “athletic scandal” but let’s presume he meant that no one from the athletic department participated in the academic fraud in any way.

With Baker Tilly’s retraction, Martin has painted himself into a corner – and it leads to a place that disputes his finding about the role of the athletic department.

More on this is sure to come. To sum it up, the article has a very strong statement:

Martin and Baker Tilly tried to show that the UNC athletic department was pure. Instead, cornered by the facts, they’ve unintentionally shown that athletic department officials suspected academic fraud years ago and did little or nothing about it.

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6 Responses to Key fact retracted of Gov. Martin’s report

  1. hoop 02/02/2013 at 2:36 PM #

    This is HUGE. The “investigation” that Chancellor Thorp and the highly esteemed former Governor pledge to follow every lead failed to do just that. They got caught in a lie and had to retract a key finding.

    Normally this would cause a lot of extra attention to an issue but it’s UNC so I expect it all to be ignored again.

  2. LRM 02/02/2013 at 2:41 PM #

    As UNC fans will tell you, no one but State fans care about this.

    And therein lies the whole problem. No one at The Flagship cares how things are done as long as the results are acceptable.

  3. Wufpacker 02/02/2013 at 2:51 PM #

    ^ Sad but true. If not for Dan Kane et al, we wouldn’t be hearing a peep at this point.

  4. FunPack 02/02/2013 at 5:59 PM #

    What? A cover-up in Chapel Hill? No way. Move along, nothing to see here.

    Up until now I’ve just been kind of chuckling at all the shenanigans. But now they’re making me angry. The sheer hubris over there is unreal.

  5. graywolf 02/02/2013 at 6:22 PM #

    I keep saying that the coverup is going to make a great book for Kane…..he is going to ride this story all the way to the publishers office with the hopes of a best seller.

  6. ryebread 02/02/2013 at 10:12 PM #

    graywolf: I hope he does. I hope it is more fact laden, more damning and has more long term ramifications than “Personal Fouls” did. We’ve been paying for that hatchet job for about 20 years.

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