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Posted: Yesterday 5:20 PM

Re: Bullet points from today 

SilerCity (which is where I was born), I wonder what you think of the following idea:

The NCAA should stop basing eligibility standards on the current sliding scale of SAT and GPA scores. Such a system is ripe for manipulation at the high school level because no teacher or administrator wants to be the one whose class prevents a talented student from receiving an athletic scholarship. Universities should meet academically challenged athletes on their present academic level by offering a third caliber of undergraduate degree which might be called a Core Competency degree.

A Core Competency degree would emphasize reading, writing, mathematics, computer literacy, and further SAT preparation. It would be paid for in the same manner as any other athletic scholarship, and student-athletes who perform well enough academically would continue pursuing B.A. and B.S degrees, just as they've always done. Students who successfully complete a Core Competency degree (and subsequent SAT requirements) would be granted admission into their university's B.A. or B.S. programs. The academically challenged athlete who participates in a Core Competency program might not complete a B.A. or B.S. degree before their scholarship expires, but they would be attaining real skills in an honest fashion while both moving closer to their B.A. or B.S. degree, and competing athletically.

One might fear this idea turns academically esteemed universities into remedial institutions, but a Core Competency degree would help establish fundamental academic honesty at an institutional level while facilitating athletic opportunity.

I want us to turn this negative into a real positive.

Go Heels!!!
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Posted: Yesterday 4:41 PM

Re: Bullet points from today 

The quote from the press conference was that Walden "did not recall" ever telling RW about the fraudulent structure of the classes. Likewise he said the coaches "do not recall" asking about them, from a counselor that they brought with them from KU, and in spite of obvious concerns about them.

I think the BB staff will survive this and I appreciate their dilemma in this era of the sports-industrial complex, but there's a squishiness here that really bothers me. And to some degree it collapses the myth of The Carolina Way, which I frankly liked buying into but probably never will again. And it gives The Carolina Family more of a insular, paranoid and negative connotation.

And the icing on the cake is that a former Chair of the Faculty and Director of an Ethics istitue was not only complicit but then conducted an aggressive, scorched earth cover up.

I've worked at UNC since 1984 and find this a watershed and sad day for the People's University. It will be a long time getting past this in spite of some of the pollyannish and it-could-have-been-worse bs I've seen posted so far. There's alot more soul-searching and humility to go and very little chance of a return to any moral authority of a Carolina Way.
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Posted: Yesterday 4:02 PM

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Can't we at this point agree that the course were not "easy" but "fraudulent"? The classes were run by a department secretary who did no teaching or real grading. I took a Portuguese Lit class at UNC and it was easy- light reading, few assignments, and soft grading standards. That's not the same thing as what AFAM was offering.

--- TrustInRoy wrote:

and like I told you, NC State fans and the media members who have an agenda have been framing this investigation that way since day 1. They did that so that when the investigation didn't bury the basketball program, they could claim Wainstein didn't really do his job.

As anyone who takes the time to read the report can see, he did in fact do his job. Our school bent over and let him dig as deep as he possibly could. Today's findings are embarrassing for our school. One woman was allowed to pull shenanigans for 20 years. A couple advisors and at least some people currently or formerly connected to women's basketball and football knew what she was doing. BUT THE VAST MAJORITY did not know anything beyond the campus wide knowledge that AfAm had easy classes (and Wainstein even said there are other easy classes on campus outside of that dept.) A lot of students of all walks of life took the AfAm classes because they were easy. In the case of certain football and women's bball players, thanks to the people advising them, they were steered into those classes because they were easy. However there is nothing that indicates current or former bball coaches were complicit in this nonsense, and Wainstein was pretty outspoken about Roy not being part of this, as well as McCants being dishonest.

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