Saturday, April 1, 2017

Go Heels

Just in time for UNC's appearance in the Final Four, the New York Times has published a new commentary on the lasting effects of the university's academic fraud scandal. This section jumped out at me:

Nor did the university appreciate faculty members who had the temerity to ask why a top academic institution tolerated decades of terrible education for its athletes.

A historian, Jay Smith, has written a book, “Cheated,” on this case, and recently taught a class: “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956 to the Present.” Students loved it; his classroom was filled. Last fall, the university canceled the class for a year.

“It’s very disillusioning to live through the last six years here,” Smith told me. “The university is operating like a crime family, and it shows the lengths to which they will go to protect their athletic machine.”

Meanwhile, back in Minnesota, which had its own fraud scandal in 1999, our disgraced basketball coach and players are stung that nobody is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1997 Final Four appearance, which was vacated after a tutor blew the whistle on years of academic fraud.

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