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On The Wainstein Report, The Media, The NCAA, And The Alma Mater

I am not blind to the issue and am certainly not proud of it, but I was fortunate enough to attend what I believe to be the greatest institution of higher learning on this planet. It has its warts as any place does, but the friends I made, how hard I worked, what I learned and the experiences I had shaped me as a person and are second to none. (Thrown Away To Worthy)

Campus shocked by former faculty chairwoman Jan Boxill's involvement in academic scandal

It’s the irony that hurts the most. The revelations in Kenneth Wainstein’s report that former faculty chairwoman and preeminent scholar on sports ethics Jan Boxill was responsible for funneling student-athletes into bogus paper classes and making sure they received the grade they would need to stay eligible was like a kick to the stomach for her friends and colleagues who relied on Boxill to help guide the University out of the maelstrom of academic impropriety. (Daily Tar Heel)

NCAA Up Next For UNC

The NCAA expressed little interest when University of Michigan psychology professor John Hagen taught 294 independent study courses with a heavy concentration of student-athletes (85 percent) from 2004-07, according to The Ann Arbor News. David Goldfield, a UNC Charlotte history professor and former NCAA Division I Academics Cabinet member, placed UNC’s scandal in a similar category. (Inside Carolina)

Source names 9 employees who will face disciplinary action

A person familiar with the matter has confirmed the names of nine people facing disciplinary action — including at least four terminations — after they were implicated in Wednesday's report from independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein. The person could not confirm whether each employee was terminated or facing other disciplinary action because of the University's policies on handling terminations. (Daily Tar Heel)

What Does the NCAA Do Next?

The exhaustive details of the Wainstein Report have now been released to the public with a copy sent to the NCAA for review. Speculating on potential NCAA action is generally a fruitless endeavor however let's consider what the report revealed and how the governing body might act on it. (Tar Heel Blog)

NCAA will keep digging, but relative closure near for Heels

It’s still too early to say with absolute certainty that the UNC athletics scandal has reached road’s end – keep in mind that the NCAA continues to look into the mess. But based on Wednesday’s findings in the Kenneth Wainstein probe, there’s solid reason to predict there will no more dire sanctions from the NCAA. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Thoughts on the AFAM scandal from a former UNC Baseball player

I played baseball at UNC during the time of this academic scandal and took an AFAM course, albeit a normal one, where attendance and work were required. I was a low-rung player in a non-revenue sports program, but I hung in the same circles as a lot higher-profile UNC athletes. Never once did I hear about paper courses or this rampant academic fraud. (scroll down) (FOX Sports)

Wainstein Report Q&A

Special investigator Kenneth Wainstein delivered his exhaustive report about academic fraud involving the African and Afro-American Studies Department at UNC on Wednesday. Here are some key questions and answers about the report and its implications: (Tar Heel Blog)

Impressions from Wainstein Wednesday

The biggest reason for trepidation if I'm a UNC fan is the possibility that Mark Emmert sees this as an opportunity to retake the moral high ground that has crumbled under the NCAA in recent years. He tried with Penn State. There are none of the complicating issues in Chapel Hill. Just 2 decades of thoroughly documented chicanery involving countless athletes and teams. (ABC 11)

UNCW Academic Advisor with ties to UNC scandal let go

A University of North Carolina Wilmington Athletic Academic Advisor, with ties to the UNC Chapel Hill academic scandal, was "separated" from the university Wednesday. Beth Bridger was named in the report released Wednesday as one of the advisors that pushed student athletes to take specially geared classes to keep them eligible to play. (WECT)

Williams, Doherty spoke with investigators; Rashad McCants did not

UNC coach Roy Williams and former UNC coach Matt Doherty both spoke with investigators looking into academic fraud centered around AFAM paper classes. But Rashad McCants — an outspoken player except when investigators came calling — did not cooperate. The AFAM classes were offered as far back as during Dean Smith’s tenure, but Smith and his successor, Bill Guthridge, were not available because of health reasons. (Sporting News)

The Wainstein report: What we now know

What we learned from the Wainstein report: Student athletes accounted for 47.6 percent of the enrollment in those paper classes. Claims made by former basketball player Rashad McCants of grade changes weren't substantiated, Wainstein found. A major root of all the problems, Wainstein said, was a failure of oversight by the university. (Carolina Blue)

Report aftermath: No closure for UNC athletics

With the release of Kenneth Wainstein’s report detailing the paper class system in the UNC Department of African and Afro-American Studies, the academic side of campus can begin the process of moving on. But there will be no such closure for the athletic side, which is in the midst of an NCAA investigation and must deal with the unsettling reality of how responsible UNC’s athletic advising staff was for pushing athletes to the fraudulent courses. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Wainstein Report Details AFAM Fallout

Former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein’s 131-page report told a narrative based on former AFAM department administrator Deborah Crowder's testimony in which she created a “shadow curriculum” – paper classes with no faculty member involved in managing the course – to “lend a helping hand to struggling students.” (Inside Carolina)

Highlights of the Wainstein Report

Kenneth Wainstein released the results of his investigation into the UNC AFAM paper class scandal. The report is a very thorough laying bare of the AFAM scandal including the roles of administrative assistant Deborah Crowder, former department head Julius Nyang'oro and various other individuals at UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)

Probe reveals scope of academic fraud at UNC

More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic fraud than previous investigations. (Associated Press)

UNC report: Sham classes pushed

An report commissioned by UNC says school academic advisers steered athletes into sham classes over an 18-year period, but does not directly implicate coaches or athletic administrators in the scheme. The report, released Wednesday, says academic advisers in UNC's athletic department colluded with a manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department to take classes to boost their grade point averages and keep them eligible. (

Wainstein’s report into irregular classes released

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the results of an independent investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein into past academic irregularities at Carolina and took immediate action to address the findings. Wednesday’s actions build on the reforms already undertaken in the years since first learning about the issues. (

Wainstein Report Primer

Kenneth L. Wainstein is a former Department of Justice attorney now in private practice for a firm in Washington, DC. He has a long history of conducting various internal investigations at corporations. Prior to starting his probe into UNC's academic scandal, Wainstein investigated whether NCAA Enforcement officials acted improperly during the Miami football violations case. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bethel: Mary Willingham's "Literacy before Legacy" Campaign

Monday Mary Willingham launched "Literacy before Legacy," a campaign to raise $120,000 to establish a literacy program for college athletes. Furthermore, she hopes to begin the program in January 2015, less than three months from now, though she has offered no details on how the program would be structured or who would be part of her "team of experts." (Coaching the Mind)

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