There’s finally been a bit of movement in the NCAA’s investigation into the UNC academic scandal.
According to Jeff Gravley of WRAL, UNC’s hearing with the NCAA Committee of Infractions will take place August 16-17 in Nashville. The NCAA has requested that basketball coach Roy Williams, football coach Larry Fedora, and women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell attend.
In case you need a refresher, UNC has been charged with five Level 1 infractions, including a lack of institutional control and failing to sufficiently monitor its academic support program for athletes. The scandal centers around classes in the African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department that required no class time and only a paper or two to pass. UNC’s defense is that both student athletes and normal students benefitted from the courses, therefore it shouldn’t be considered an NCAA matter; however, in its correspondence today, the NCAA soundly debunked that theory.
“The issues at the heart of this case are clearly the NCAA’s business,” the NCAA wrote. “When a member institution allows an academic department to provide benefits to student-athletes that are materially different from the general student body, it is the NCAA’s business.”
So, I should go cover the meetings, right?