Friday, January 03, 2014
How do you overcome publicity that is this bad? Phantom courses with real grades to preserve the eligibility of football players is a stain on any academic institution, but especially a state school. University of North Carolina is taking a coward's way out. It is blaming the professor and saying it didn't know. However, it is hard to believe that so many athletes took classes that didn't exist without someone being aware of it. Perhaps the university is trying to maintain its NCAA eligibility. If so, that is more craven than the fact that it allowed students to pass through the school with marginal educations who are now facing a world that doesn't need linemen, backs and ends. The university shirked its responsibility and is ducking for cover. It deserves the negative publicity it is getting and its punishment should be proportionate.