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Scandal Statement Release from UNC-CH Retired Faculty

Retired UNC-Chapel Hill faculty statement on the continuing scandal. Of all the questions surrounding the long-running academic-athletic scandal on the Chapel Hill campus, one of the most perplexing and troubling concerns the faculty. Professors, whatever their discipline, are above all else committed to the pursuit of knowledge and to the educational development […]

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On Behalf of The Drake Group: Jay Smith honored with Hutchins Award

Drake Group Honors University of North Carolina Professor With Hutchins Award for Courageous Defense of Academic Integrity   Date: April 3, 2014 West Haven, Conn. — A professor who specializes in early modern French history at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and played a significant role in […]

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Mary Willingham and Jay Smith on The Bob Edwards Show

“Dropping the Ball: The Shady Side of Big-Time College Sports” Air Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 XM 121/Sirius 205 Bob Edwards speaks with former student-athletes from leading college institutions and discusses the brunt of top dollar sports programs on higher education. This hour-long investigation also includes interviews from college officials, […]

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Jay Smith on the Board of Trustees Meeting

Here’s a quick follow-up to my earlier post about Joel Curran’s evasive response to the recent HBO story in which UNC football players complained about having been steered to courses and majors that had been selected because of their likely impact on their GPA and eligibility status. At this week’s […]

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Paper Class Inc. Acknowledges the Other Side

Paper Class Inc. acknowledges and recognizes that there are many NCAA athletes who are successful in the classroom and on the playing field. We must, however, have full transparency and disclosure with regards to graduation rates and progress towards degree of all DI profit sport athletes. Year end reporting should include special admissions information, class schedules […]

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Jay Smith Counters UNC’s Response to HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

UNC’s Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs, Joel Curran, has released a statement in response to the HBO ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ piece that aired yesterday, March 25, 2014. In that piece, two former UNC football players discussed being steered to fraudulent “paper classes” by academic counselors in […]

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Mary Willingham on ESPN – Outside the Lines

Date: March 25, 2014 Whitsleblower, Mary Willingham was featured on Outside the Lines on ESPN. The interview covers the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Watch the ESPN video, to hear Mary and former football player, Deunta Williams, discuss the paper class system at UNC-CH and “the […]

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Article Highlight-College Athletics Clips: “Revisiting ‘A Nation Still at Risk'”

A College Athletics Clips Guest Commentary By: Frank G. Splitt; FutureVectors, Inc.  Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 There is a major lack of support to correct the college academic fraud and cheating within athletic programs, where student athletes are athletes above students. Student athletes deserve to be given a real, […]

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Mary Willingham on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Mary Willingham will be featured on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The show will air at 10 pm EDT/9 pm CDT. Tune in to hear about the NCAA reform, the scam that it is, and hear testimonials from struggling student athletes. Watch the preview for […]

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President Obama’s Brackets: A Contradiction

President Barack Obama was asked to boycott the March Madness brackets as a sign of his dedication to student athletes’ and their rights to a real education. The White House received a letter from Mary Willingham and many other supporters of NCAA reform (special thanks to Phillip Jackson and The Black Star […]

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Another Lawsuit Filed Against the NCAA “Cartel”

Another lawsuit has been filed against the NCAA. Jeffrey Kessler, of the law firm Winston & Strawn, is literally giving the NCAA a run for their money by representing four college athlete stars. Kessler is well known for his successful representation of athletes and sports unions. This is exciting news […]

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Formal Letter to President Barack Obama: A call for action and NCAA reform

    In January, Mary Willingham called upon President Barack Obama to act on the serious issue of educational inequality and college sport corruption. The NCAA promotes educational inequality by depriving college athletes of a real education. View this article from the New York Post for the unfortunate reminder of […]

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NCAA Memo: Division I Governance Redesign

Release Date: March 12, 2014 The NCAA has released a memo to the NCAA Division I Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) regarding the Division I Governance Redesign. Is the NCAA capable of “real” reform that REALLY puts the education and welfare of athletes first and foremost? To read the memo, download […]

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CSRI Releases 2013-­2014 Adjusted Graduation Gap Report

Release Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 “The College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) at the University of South Carolina released the 4th annual Adjusted Graduation Gap (AGG) Report for NCAA Division I women’s and men’s basketball. The 2013-14 report reveals once again NCAA D-I men’s basketball players (especially in “major” conferences) graduate […]

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Mary Willingham visits The Black Star Project in Chicago

Mary Willingham, Educator, a national hero for helping college student athletes graduate from college was in Chicago speaking to outstanding high school student athletes about getting the best deal possible from the colleges that are recruiting them.  Mary Willingham (second from left) meets Cliff Alexander (second from right), the 2014 Naismith […]

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Press Release: Willingham to teach how to get a real education with the NCAA at The Black Star Project in Chicago

President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative at Work in Chicago University of North Carolina’s Mary Willingham Will Teach Coaches, High School Principals, Parents and Students Athletes How to Earn Degrees from Colleges   Who:          Mary Willingham, Clinical Instructor and Academic Adviser at the University of North Carolina, has become a national folk […]

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Article Highlight-Bloomberg Businessweek: “UNC Fake Classes Scandal: Key Administrator Agrees to Tell All”

By Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek Date: 3.5.2014 “If University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s fake classes fiasco were a mob case, we’d say a key witness has turned state’s evidence. Since it’s a National Collegiate Athletic Association academic-fraud scandal, let’s go with: Another sneaker has dropped—about a size 16, triple-E. […]

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Mary Willingham and Jay Smith on the Bob Edwards Show

Monday, March 3, 2014  “Bob talks to Mary Willingham, a former academic advisor to athletes at the University of North Carolina, and UNC history professor Jay Smith, about the continuing controversy around the university’s big money sports program. Willingham says that some of the football and basketball players at Carolina she tutored […]

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Article Highlight-NBC News: “Will Northwestern Athlete Union Bid Mean End of Amateurism?”

By: Bill Briggs, NBC News Date: 2.27.2014 ‘A college quarterback’s argument before the National Labor Relations Board that Northwestern University football players be allowed to unionize will pressure the NCAA to rethink its age-old, rock-hard stance on amateurism, say sports and labor law experts following the case. “We have reached […]

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Welcome to Paper Class Inc.

The Paper Class Dilemma The “no show” classes Thinking back to my time spent at the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes –and reading all of the articles about ‘paper classes’ –brings back many memories of the challenges we faced as a staff. It was difficult to suggest a course schedule for […]

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