North Carolina’s football and basketball programs won’t be held accountable competitively for making up classes to keep athletes eligible competition. But the school itself faces the possibility of serious academic sanctions. The News & Observer is reporting the scandal has threatened UNC’s accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges.
UNC has been forced to enact draconian measures to prove it is an actual school. Administrators have been forced to scurry around the campus in person, ensuring that listed classes are in fact taking place. Professors have been forced to turn in syllabi. There have even been proposals to bring photographers around campus to supplement the documentation.
It’s fortunate North Carolina players were merely pretending to be students, not doing something nefarious like accepting a free dinner. Really shocking the NCAA, with a vested interest in a billion-dollar basketball tournament, saw nothing wrong with perhaps the nation’s biggest basketball program.
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