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Interesting today reading that the UNC internal investigation found that the problems in their AFAM department suggest not an athletics scandal, but rather an academic scandal. While the scandal included athletics, it was a broader university issue, suggesting that the NCAA need not concern itself with the outcome.
Yet, at PSU, where the investigation suggests precisely the same thing, the conclusion was that it was without question an athletics scandal, isolated to the football program, and in fact was worthy of extraordinary sanctions. This in spite of the fact that in UNC's case student athletes did gain an advantage in a very tangible way, unlike in the PSU case where no student athlete benefited in anything approaching a real, or measurable way.
If there had been any doubt about the political nature of the NCAA, and their lack of concern for rules and consistency, this must remove any remaining doubt.
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“We’re doing things we couldn’t imagine,” says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. “But we’re doing them together.”
This is precisely why in organizations it is wise to stick to your charter (rules). When you get into grey areas you end up stretching a little more each time until you are clearly outside your own rules.
The little detour outside the rules taken by Emmert with PSU, has created this problem...many more to come until the NCAA is forced to either rewrite their procedures or back peddle some way to maintain credibility.
This is good for PSU, as it may prod the NCAA to revisit the sanctions.
No one in the news media cares so the NCAA doesn't care either.
the media and the public weren't clamoring for an outragous sanction against the UNC, that's the rub. The NCAA is a weak group of people that get's pushed around by peer pressure, which is why i don't understand why university presidents haven't gotten together years ago and threatened to start their own athletic organization
"One man didn't build this program and one man sure as hell cannot tear it down."
Oh ESPN cares. ESPN cares very, very much what happens to UNC. The NCAA also cares very much what happens to UNC.
(puts on TIn Foil Hat).
The NCAA tournament is a major revenue source, and UNC is part of that cash cow.
John Skipper, President of ESPN, grew up in North Carolina and is a UNC Alumnus. "Hey boss, I want to run an expose on the academic fraud at UNC...." Yep, not going to happen.
Both organizations benefit from sweeping this under the rug.
Aliens are living in secret military tunnels under the United States.
The world will end tomorrow.
There was no plane at the Pentagon on 9/11.
(takes off tin foil hat)
PSU just needs someone with a set of stones, to stand up to the NCAA!!!
Franco Harris is the only one.
Hmmm. Somebody's sarcasm meter is off.
The NCAA & UNC's handling of the blatant cheating is horrible.
the difference is...unc didnt have a close personal friend of the president of the ncaa who worked for unc. this close personal friend was disgruntled and said president took the opportunity to exact revenge on the school.
Dominate The State
JMO but our BOT knew full well what they were doing. Serve up Paterno/Football on a silver platter and the media might not bother poking their noses into areas that many of them would not like examined. If some intrepid reporter ever takes the time to connect the dots there could be a Pulitzer with their name on it.
I think your last sentence hit the nail on the head but it surely won't be spun that way.
Emmert will come out and say what a fantastic job PSU did to change the "culture" and he is reducing the sanctions because of the reports that George Mitchell is giving him.
He in know way will say he was wrong and over stepped his boundries. It will all be because of what the school is "now" doing.
If UNC wants to play the game this way then fine. I want to have their accreditation reviewed like ours was and I never want to hear them as academically in the same league as Duke.
You don't do stuff like this academically and get to brag about how prestigious of a university you are.
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Fundamental difference as to where to coverup occurred. Athletic department vs. academic. NCAA has jurisdiction over the former.
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