Fake-class scheme aided UNC players’ eligibility

Oct 23, 2014 by

A system of no-show classes pushed by academic counselors for athletes and employed by coaches eager to keep players eligible at UNC-Chapel Hill produced an “inexcusable betrayal of our values,” Chancellor Carol Folt said Wednesday.

The latest investigation into a long-running academic scandal laid bare the stresses of trying to compete in revenue-producing sports while maintaining the academic standards of the nation’s oldest public university, which has for decades taken pride in winning “the Carolina Way.”

The report, produced by a team of lawyers led by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, said the bogus classes were hatched by a manager in the Department of African and Afro-American studies, Deborah Crowder, who had a rough time as a student and who wanted to help others, particularly athletes. She was enabled by her boss, Julius Nyang’oro, a department chair seemingly more interested in consulting abroad than running his shop.

The report showed counselors sending student-athletes to the bogus classes, which required only a paper and no classroom attendance. It showed football coaches worried about what might happen when the classes disappeared. And it showed a leader of the faculty, Jan Boxill, pushing for certain grades for female athletes she had steered to the classes.

The findings made UNC system President Tom Ross visibly angry.

“The Crowder-Nyang’oro scheme marks a horrible chapter in the history of this great university,” Ross said.

via Fake-class scheme aided UNC players’ eligibility, Wainstein report says | UNC scandal | NewsObserver.com.

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