UNC athlete scandal exposes need for honesty

| April 3, 2014

The recent NLRB ruling indicating that college athletes should have the right to unionize makes sense. It’s time to end the hypocrisy and admit that college athletes are first and foremost money-making employees for these schools. They help pay huge salaries of a number of college officials as well as finance many school program. In other words, these young athletes are employees. They should be paid. Given that, why not drop the pretenses, pay them and not require classes. Let the education be optional of those who want it and just pay the folks who really are there solely for sports. Then we could avoid scandals such as the one listed below:

This is an A-minus paper?

By Anthony Zurcher

Editor, Echo Chambers

University of North Carolina football players run onto the field in 2010.The University of North Carolina has been rocked by allegations of academic fraud in its athletic department

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The ongoing academic fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina’s athletic department has been at a slow burn for months, as salacious bits of news have been unearthed by investigative journalists.

The latest piece of evidence that North Carolina (UNC) athletes were getting passing grades in their college courses with little or no work comes in the form of a “paper” on civil rights icon Rosa Parks, provided to the ESPN sports network by former UNC tutor turned whistleblower Mary Willingham.

Here’s the text, in its entirety:

On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.

The work was the final essay in a class for which an unnamed athlete received a grade of A-minus. (And as freelance writer Bryan Graham points out via Twitter, the piece was probably plagiarised from the first page of Rosa Parks’ autobiography.)

According to the website of the UNC registrar’s office, “A” level work requires:

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Those who think that most big-time college athletes are at school first and foremost to be educated are fooling themselves”

Jordan Weissman


Mastery of course content at the highest level of attainment that can reasonably be expected of students at a given stage of development.

The A grade states clearly that the students have shown such outstanding promise in the aspect of the discipline under study that he/she may be strongly encouraged to continue.

via BBC News – This is an A-minus paper?.

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