As scandal grows, North Carolina faculty call for review

Dan Kane of the Raleigh News and Observer is now reporting that the University of North Carolina faculty is calling for an outside review in wake of the school’s growing athletics/academic scandal.

A special faculty committee authored a report that pointed to several abuses of the system and caused for a full-fledged investigation.

Reports Kane:

The report comes after a university probe found 54 courses within the Department of African and Afro-American Studies that had little or no instruction, and dozens of independent study classes that had little evidence of academic rigor. The classes were largely filled with athletes, and some had nothing but football or basketball players enrolled.

Another excerpt:

The report said an unidentified “departmental staff manager” within African studies may have directed athletes to enroll in the no-show classes, and that “it seems likely” someone in the department was calling counselors for athletes to tell them “certain courses” were available.

“We were told that athletes claimed they had been sent to Julius Nyang’oro by the (Academic Support Program for Student Athletes)” the report said.

Meanwhile, the Big Lead had an interesting post asking why did North Carolina basketball players suddenly stop declaring African-American Studies as their majors.

The post points out that the academic adviser Roy Williams used at Kansas followed the coach to North Carolina.

An excerpt:

So in 2009, a year before the scandal went public, the academic adviser to the basketball team – a team which had a history of players who majored in African and Afro-American Studies – left UNC, as did a longtime administrator in that department. Since the departures of Walden and Crowder, records obtained by the News & Observer (click here for the UNC academic info PDF) show a dramatic drop in athletes majoring in African and Afro-American Studies. We specifically looked at the basketball team’s numbers in that major from when Roy Williams took over in 2003-2004, and here are the numbers we found (African & Afro-American majors/players who had chosen a major):

  • 2003-04 AA 5/13
  • 2004-05 AA 7/13 <—- Won NCAA title.
  • 2005-06 AA 3/11
  • 2006-07 AA 3/15
  • 2007-08 AA 2/12
  • 2008-09 AA 1/16 <— Walden and Crowder left after this school year.
  • 2009-10 AA 0/10
  • 2010-11 AA 0/8
  • 2011-12 AA 0/9

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