You've got to love the twisted logic of the administrators at UNC. Ed Yoder, writing in the Raleigh News and Observer, explains:
The paradox is this: UNC, accused by the NCAA enforcement arm of corrupt athletic practices, now pleads innocent – on the astonishing ground that the corruption is academic, not athletic, and none of the NCAA’s business. In effect, UNC argues, the phony courses were designed by departmental figures, not coaches or the athletic director. Has there been a more disheartening confession of twisted priorities at Chapel Hill?