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Response to NOA

In its Notice of Allegations against UNC, the NCAA has stated the obvious: there was no real institutional control over the athletics program in Chapel Hill for a very long time. We hope that the leaders of UNC will finally address publicly and honestly the causes and culture behind this […]

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The Anatomy of Athletic-(Academic) Corruption

Over at Inside Carolina, the fan forum for true blue Tar Heel devotees, there’s a competing interpretation of the AFRI/AFAM course fraud that manages to exonerate the athletic department from wrongdoing. According to this interpretation, all the malfeasance that marred the UNC curriculum for two decades was carried out by […]

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Provost Dean and his Working Group

The self-inflicted wounds continue to multiply in Chapel Hill. All around the campus one hears the clarion call, ‘Let us move forward!’ A faculty petition now making the rounds denounces those who would impede this forward progress; it calls on the whole community to “stand by the detailed, transparent approach […]

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The slow but certain death of college “amateurism”—and its last protector

AS PUBLISHED at The University of Nebraska Blog – 4/16/2015 The NCAA and its member institutions continue to claim that college athletes are students first, and that they therefore should be regarded as amateurs not deserving of financial compensation for their athletic labors. College athletes are handed “world class” opportunities […]

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NCAA BS bylaw 10.1- failure to cooperate & unethical conduct

Although it may seem like a counter-intuitive proposition for anyone who dislikes corruption and believes that bad behavior should always bring painful consequences, University employees and “student-athletes” should always refuse cooperation with the NCAA and its investigators–for two basic reasons of principle. First, the NCAA’s investigatory techniques are flawed at […]

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Why UNC-CH is not “The Good School”

We welcome Seth Holtzman (Assistant Professor, Catawba College) as a guest writer/blogger at Paper Class Inc. Some defenders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claim that “The Carolina Way” is alive and well in spite of the unfolding athletic/academic scandal there.  By “The Carolina Way” they could […]

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Pre-March Madness

Potomac Books has announced the official release of our book, Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports. In anticipation of the book’s distribution, we would like to make available some documents that help to fill out the context for the story we […]

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Drop the Disguise

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” In the final installment of our continuing series, “Why we can’t […]

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Loudermilk Center has to go

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” As part of our continuing series, “Why we can’t move forward,” […]

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Put out an APB for leaders, stat

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” As part of our continuing series, “Why we can’t move forward,” […]

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Secrets & Silence

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” As part of our continuing series, “Why we can’t move forward,” […]

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Priorities unchanged

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” As part of our continuing series, “Why we can’t move forward,” […]

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The truth is in the transcripts

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” As part of our continuing series, “Why we can’t move forward,” […]

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Time to Apologize to the Competition

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” As part of our continuing series, “Why we can’t move forward,” […]

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Poorly Led & Hopelessly Lost

In a recent Daily Tar Heel (DTH) article about the fallout from the Wainstein report, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was quoted as saying: “At some point we’ve got to move forward. And I think we’re to that point.” No, we’re not to that point. We’re not even close to […]

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Taking the “Independent” out of Independent Study

One of the key features of UNC’s athlete-friendly curriculum, the contours of which came tantalizingly into view in the Wainstein report of October 2014, was the easy availability of “independent study” courses. In the parallel AFRI/AFAM curriculum supervised by Debby Crowder, but also in other departments across the College of […]

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Paper Class Inc. – Position Statement

Recent events, including the UNC athletic scandal, the Northwestern football team’s unionization efforts, Ed O’Bannon’s victory in federal court, pending concussion lawsuits, and Congressional interest in reassessing the viability of the NCAA, have made it abundantly clear that college sports require a major overhaul. It is well past time for […]

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At UNC, dithering is done, but still deep in denial

Jan Boxill has now officially been identified as a villain of the UNC athletic-academic scandal, but before the Boxill story can be properly put to rest, the University must come to terms with an embarrassing irony: Boxill was for many years empowered, enabled, and encouraged by faculty and administrative leaders […]

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Apologies

An anonymous contributor has submitted this interesting reflection on how and to whom the University should be apologizing in the wake of the scandal. When the Wainstein report came out Chancellor Folt apologized “first to the students who entrusted us with their education and took these courses,” and those who […]

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Blame it on Boxill?

In our previous blog post, “Navigating the Flagship Post-Wainstein,” we noted that UNC-Chapel Hill has gone to great lengths to create the appearance of transformative change even as it has sidestepped the major structural issues brought to light by successive investigations of its athletic-academic scandal. Since the spring of 2012, […]

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