Congratulations to the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions. The University of North Carolina defeated Gonzaga University on Monday night to claim the role as best college basketball team.
Coach Roy Williams gained $925,000 in bonuses alone for coaching the team to another national championship, while players got a new shirt, hat, and a nice pat on the back. An issue not making so many headlines or being talked about, however, is the ongoing investigation of fake classes UNC held from fall 2002 to the end of summer in 2011.
These fake classes were mostly used to benefit the men’s basketball and football players at the university. Nearly an entire decade of classes were being used for the benefit of academic eligibility.
The controversy brought up questions on whether or not the university was educating its students properly.
The claim was strong enough to grab the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ attention. The association placed the entire university on probation for a whole year; the probation ended back in June 2016.
The fake classes were mostly African and African American studies, including teaching languages like Swahili. Many critics point to this to add a racial undertone to the growing controversy.
Some officials have investigated the issue, including North Carolina Governor Jim Martin back in 2012. Martin concluded that grade changes were allowed and that faculty signed off on the changes. Meaning they must have known as some point about the fraud that was being committed.
No charges were filed against the university, however. Instead, the investigation led to changes in the legislature.
It wasn’t until 2014 that the scandal became big news, once again.
The South Texan would like
to acknowledge and support the NCAA to investigate and take action against the University of North Carolina. It is time the idea of manipulating the rules to better the athletic standing of one’s Alma Mater be thrown away. These shadows that lay behind the scenes feeding funnels of money into their former attended universities are usually the ones getting their schools into trouble and costing them more than benefiting.
For this idea of fear to prevent wrong doings, the guilty must first be effectively punished. Over the span of the latest allegations for fake classes, UNC won two national titles for basketball. Breaking the rules, plus gaining two national championships without any obvious punishments? Why wouldn’t you continue this scheme to help better the school you love? If this is being done in North Carolina, it has a high percentage of happening in other schools that might not be as big as Division I schools.
Actions must be accounted for and we don’t mean the students should be punished. The ones who constructed this plan must be the ones who serve serious jail time. Only time spent in prison will show big
wigs that money cannot bail you out of any situation.