NCAA could not conclude UNC violated any rules

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, left, and guard Joel Berry II listen to a question during a news conference after the championship game against Gonzaga at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina 71-65. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Hear that? College sports fans across the Carolinas just breathed a huge sigh of relief. On Friday morning, the NCAA formally announced that it would not be taking any action against the University of North Carolina for allegedly offering fraudulent classes geared toward student athletes.

The most important aspect of the Committee On Infractions’ findings, or lack thereof, is that it was unable to conclude the “fake” classes in question were offered with the intent of enrolling student athletes alone.

“While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called ‘paper courses’ offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes,” Greg Sankey, the panel’s chief hearing officer said.

“While student-athletes likely benefited from the courses, so did the general student body. Additionally, the record did not establish that the university created and offered the courses as part of a systemic effort to benefit only student-athletes.”

Initial concerns were raised about course offerings from the university’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies in 2011. Both the football and basketball programs were implicated in the scandal, with the unusual transcript of former North Carolina defensive end and power forward Julius Peppers taking center stage. The NCAA was only able to find two clear-cut violations in this case: a lack of cooperation from the former department chair and former curriculum secretary.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell noted on Twitter that UNC paid nearly $18 million in legal fees throughout the investigative process.

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  1. Christian

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Wow! What a big overblown deal about nothing. EVERY SCHOOL has classes that are electives that people tell you, ” Take this class. It’s an easy A.” And people take those classes to balance out their demanding course work in their major. There’s nothing wrong with taking an elective that your peers say is easy. You don’t want to take electives that are as demanding on your time as your major classes, especially when you are a student athlete. Everyone has to take electives. That’s a requirement. But you aren’t required to take certain elective course work. It’s astonishing that this was even blown up into a big ordeal in the first place. When I was in college, freshmen were assigned advisors that directed us as to which elective course to take in correlation to our majors and I wasn’t a student athlete. So, unless that has changed, every student has the opportunity to take elective course work outside their major, and of their own choosing. Thank God, the NCAA realized UNC was been railroaded and convicted of doing nothing wrong. And that this was just the shenanigans of an opportunist to create a scandal where none existed.

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