UNC-CHeats officials publicly acknowledged today — the Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend when nobody in the world is paying attention to anything — that they have received the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations.
Generally speaking, the strategic release of bad news like this on Fridays is to be expected. But, it makes the behavior no less disappointing after Chancellor Folt has proclaimed that UNC was going to be more transparent with the citizens of North Carolina on multiple occassions over the last year+.
What is interesting, however, is that SFN heard rumors that UNC had received (or was expecting to receive) the NOA almost two full work weeks ago – back on Monday, May 11th; and, we’re providing some benefit of the doubt since Brandon Ingram stated in mid April (almost exactly a month ago) that he had been told that UNC had received the NOA on April 17th. On Wednesday, May the 13th we tweeted a little tease about this when we learned that Roy Williams’ ‘anonymous’ good deed for a high school student had somehow become nationally known news.
— statefansnation (@statefansnation) May 13, 2015
It’s not the end of the world, but it will be interesting to see how long UNC has been sitting on the news that they received the NOA.
Dan Kane and Jane Stancill do a nice job of breaking down the situation in this article….but, I do have an issue with the accuracy of one of the statements in their article:
Wainstein’s report in October found that the fake classes began in 1993 after counselors in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes complained to Crowder that Nyang’oro’s independent studies were too demanding.
Correct me if I am wrong…but, that is NOT what Wainstein’s report actually found. UNC’s AFAM degree programs started in the 1992-1993 academic year, so I think one could accurately state that fraud within that actual program in 1992-1993, but NOT that ‘fake classes’ at the University started in 1993.
This is one of the biggest ‘wins’ that UNC has pulled by getting the media to accept this. UNC paid for the ‘indepedent’ Wainstein report and set the scope & timeline of the review. They chose 1993 so that they could limit the investigation to just the AFAM department (which started in 1992-1993 and immediately saw SEVEN upper classmen from UNC’s 1993 National Champion basketball team mysteriously transfer into the major).
WHO KNOWS what academic fraud and fake classes existed BEFORE the African American Studies!?!? Rumors of similar set ups in UNC’s Portuguese ‘classes’ and geography ‘classes’ had existed for decades before 1993. So, in future articles, I would love to see more specific wording about this because nobody actually knows when the overall academic fraud began.
I have been told that PER UNC’s second response to SACS and exhibits in the Wainstein Report that UNC has reported that total fake enrollments by athletes, all semesters from Fall 1989 through Summer 1998 broke down as follows:
Men’s Basketball – 63
Football – 37
Women’s Basketball – 4
All other sports combined – 0
In fact, 22 of the first 25 fake enrollments by athletes were by Dean Smith players, and in Dean’s last 8 years in Chapel Hill the fake enrollments have been reported by UNC as follows:
Men’s Basketball – 54
Football – 26
Women’s Basketball – 2
All other sports combined – 0
Summer fake enrollments (1990-1998)
Men’s basketball = 30
All other sports combined = 6
Total Summer fake enrollments (1990-2011)
Athletes – 728 fake enrollments (52.4%)
Non-Athletes – 661 fake enrollments
So, since UNC’s own reporting on the topic is going back to 1988 and 1990, why is even the BEST media on this topic falling for the misdirection that UNC’s spin machine has been wielding for years?