Kidding aside, I greatly admire your willingness and ability to take the higher road, again and again. Thanks for sharing your story.
UNC seriously needs to consider moving to the SEC... seriously.
Newly released emails and documentation detail the tutor (Jennifer Wiley) writing the bulk of some term paper assignments for the players, as well as players receiving improper benefits. One player had a requirement to write a 10 page paper but could only come up with 2.5 pages. Wiley writes in an email that she had "expanded" the paper to 8.5 pages, so he only had "1.5 more pages to go".
UNC released the redacted documents today after local media outlets had filed public records lawsuits. The reports also show UNC spent about $70K on lawyer fees during the 2010 NCAA investigation.
NBC-17 News Report
"[T]he tarnished Tar Heels that bear little resemblance to the revered program built by Dean Smith."- Ashville Times
"UNC and the NCAA are trying to conceal that the fraud was specifically designed to pad the transcripts of varsity athletes" - Bloomberg
Wow, thanks for the link Newt, this is big news. Count me as one who will gladly watch UNC go down in flames. As long as they don't vacate that 82-50 loss from 2010. That was one of my favorite moments of all time.
UNC = University of No Character!
Long time lurker, first time DBR poster here. I know this thread has changed course but I wanted to touch on some of the things that Nepos was bringing up earlier re: the interconnectedness of the two schools. As a life-long Duke fan (grew up in Durham the son of a Duke grad) who recently finished a professional degree at Carolina, I am just one of many, many people with legit affiliations to both schools, though not as strong perhaps as pals (and classmates) of mine with degrees from both places. I guess what really gets my goat about the Carolina culture is the extent to which anything Duke is cast as totally anathema, alien, "northern" when the symbiotic nature of the schools and the similarities (socioeconomically, if not always geographically) of the student bodies are pretty obvious, really, to anyone *from* the Triangle.
During my time at UNC, I was vocal about my affinity for the dark blue, and it caused some testy convos here and there, but mostly I was able to be cordial and have yuks with the other basketball nuts in the program. That said, I felt like certain individuals felt saw it as their right and duty as good stewards of the Carolina name to be downright nasty to me re: my Blue Devils. Admittedly, I may have, at times, made my bed, but having certain persons smirk at me/laugh in my face about player injuries (i.e. Kyrie) was way outta line and left me crying the driest of crocodile tears when Marshall broke his wrist, knee injuries happened, etc.
I disagree that this scandal in anyway taints the reputation of my degree from Carolina or somehow blows back on Duke's academic credentials, but that's just me. At the end of the day I do believe that this all mess has the potential to happen at any school involved in major revenue sports, and further underscores the often comic student-athlete proposition.
All that aside, as a Duke fan, I hope this hits the UNC basketball program and the snide Heels fans I've had to deal with throughout my life HARD. Its a weird compartmentalized world I live in with respect to UNC, but the Blue Devils fan in me wants to see those 05 and 09 come down!