Whistleblower Says North Carolina Put Athletes in a Class that Never Met and Had Only One Final Paper

By DJ Byrnes on March 27, 2014 at 11:53a

For all the talk about unions and players compensation degrading the sanctity of college sports, there's something much more insidious going on at North Carolina.

This is much worse than trading your own memorabilia for tattoos or a $500 handshake after a good game. This would strike against the notion of a "student-athlete" more so than another billion-dollar TV contract.

These types of headlines have been swirling around UNC for years now. No, I don't know how they've gone this long without escaping NCAA justice either.

Source: @BryanAGraham

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Killer nuts's picture

It blows my mind that the NCAA hasn't acted on any of the UNC academic fraud allegations to this point. Of all things for the NCAA to be holier-than-thou on I would expect it to be academics and preserving the notion of the "student athlete"

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Furious George 27's picture

Its because UNC said that it was widespread and not limited to the athletes.... They just knew how to find the loophole

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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bkleppel's picture

Let's be real...as long as the NCAA is making their money off of the schools do they really care how the students are passing?

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tennbuckeye19's picture

That might be the best essay I've ever read...

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Unky Buck's picture

Short, to the point, and with total disregard for any actual historical context. ✔++ in my book.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

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BrooklynBuckeye's picture

So not only do Tarheel athletes not go to class, but now we know they're allowed to plagiarize, because that's my first grade Rosa Parks essay. Although, in first grade, I only got a B- for it.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

"I don't know, but the law is the law, and you're under arrest."

Such a powerful closing line from a 1st grader. Well done.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

FROMTHE18's picture

paper abstracts are longer than that...

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Nappy's picture

"On the evening of December"

Dude couldn't even be bothered to look up the date.  If this is accurate, and this is an actual essay, I feel bad for that guy.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

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Squirrel Master's picture

don't you know there is only 1 evening in December! that is why he said THE evening! jeesh!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Orlando Buckeye's picture

Well there are two...but he didn't mention Christmas, so it's got to be the other one.  

BassDropper's picture

This pisses me off. I write a lot of essays for school, and it usually takes me more than one day to finish. It looks like that student spent 10 minutes-top on this essay. If I turned that in to one of my instructors I don't think they would even bother grading the paper.


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FloridaBuck's picture

That should have taken no longer than 3 minutes to write.

Oyster's picture

What is your free throw percentage?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

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Hovenaut's picture


This is embarrassing to read - as in I am embarrassed to read that.

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BierStube's picture


"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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BierStube's picture

Such imagery, a very moving piece ... watch out DJ, the author will have your job soon!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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AkronBuckeye13's picture

I bet SEC schools use this as an example of how to write an essay.

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Rjpfish2's picture

I think we cover "Their/They're/There" in middle school here in Ohio. Poor guy... C'mon people, he ain't there to play school!

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buckeyefan333's picture

There was a pretty interesting article about this 2 weeks ago in Bloomberg Businessweek. 


Unky Buck's picture

The comments section was rather amusing.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

buckeyedexter's picture

They went to UNC to play football, they ain't go to UNC to play school!

buckibri's picture

OSU, USC and PSU were nailed by the NCAA due to the fact that there were legal issues behind each of the programs that forced out the facts of the cases. In every other recent NCAA allegedcheating  issues - Oregon, Manziel, Missouri, Auburn, Auburn, Alabama, Alabama, Dook basketball ............ and so forth in each and evey case the coach/players/institution simply lies and they escape as the NCAA has no real power. Had it not been for the scumbag tat parlor owner and the impending federal investigation OSU would have not have the current coaching staff on campus.

Dont hold your breath on the NCAA punishing Dook or UNC basketball anytime soon. You do realize that never in the history of Ky mens BB that a BB player has never once been suspended/removed for poor academics? Anybody think that is a realistic possibility?

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Do tell about where this "white people section" was on the bus.  TBH, I always liked the back of the bus better, anyway. 

But yeah, NCAA, why worry about this?  There are people out there bartering their own stuff for tattoos that need more attention.

Class of 2010.

btalbert25's picture

It wasn't that long ago and the SEC got picked apart every year guys.  Hell Alabama had a TEXTBOOK scandal for crying out loud.  Here's the thing, though, EVERYONE cheats.  So it's other conference/programs turn to get drilled.  Ohio State got in trouble for some silly stuff.  Then their coach who preached about morality and doing the right thing covered up that his players were ineligible and lied about it. Apparently, there was a lot more to the story that never got told too.   To me it's a lot like saying well, I just punched a stranger in the face, that guy over there robbed a guy.  We broke the rules and paid for it.  Let's move on, because all the bitching and whining ain't going to change what happened several years ago. 

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I'll just drop the first page of Rosa Parks' autobiography right here and see what you guys think:


Yeti's have feelings too.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

That's kind of hilarious.

On the one hand, at least the alleged-student read this before hand, so reading all or part of Rosa Park's autobiography prior to writing the essay is a good thing.  But their attempt to copy it word for word by memory failed pretty miserably.  I mean, if you are going to plagiarize, do it right!

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Here's what I think happened:

Grad Student Prof:  "Hey, all you have to do to pass this joke of a class is write a paper about Rosa Parks.  Here's a copy of her autobiography.  Read it sometime this semester.  You'll be fine. Besides, if I fail you I'll be cast in concrete shoes and they'll take me out past the ocean wall in the Atlantic and drop me overboard .....so you're safe....just try not to embarrass yourself."

"Student" Athlete:  [not listening to anything but takes book and stuffs it in coat pocket]

Grad Student Prof:  On the day before paper is due sends text messages to class:  "Hey, I don't want to give any zeros here, make sure you get those papers turned in by tomorrow."

"Student" Athlete:  "Shit."  [searches around apartment and eventually finds the only book in the entire building - just happened to be the Rosa Parks autobiography]  "I'm not reading this .... I'll just copy the first page."

"Student" Athlete's Girlfriend:  "At least make it look like you're not copying it exactly....like mess the words up and stuff."

"Student" Athlete:  "Good idea."


Yeti's have feelings too.

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Hovenaut's picture

I think my formal academic career is complete, but I've since scratched off UNC of my son's prospective college visit list (he's three - but has a keen eye for the basket and loves to drive the lane).

Great find OSU ALUM.


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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

My son is three as well ..... last night he had his fisher price basketball hoop tipped over on the floor jumping up and down on it.  Does that mean he's going for the Shaq approach or that he should sign up for wrestling?  Regardless.....I'll likewise be avoiding the Tarheels.

Yeti's have feelings too.

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Dr. House's picture

and here i thought that UNC was a great school. i guess i was wrong. 

on a serious note this is only going to be the tip of the iceberg it is going to hit the fan and its going to be ugly