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PopWrapped | Current Events

UNC Pushed "Paper Classes" To Keep Athletes Academically Eligible

Kaylin Neely | PopWrapped Author

Kaylin Neely

Updated 10/28/2014 9:37am
UNC Pushed
Media Courtesy of ABC
An investigation into UNC Chapel Hill shows that the top rated public institution has been running "paper classes." Two administrators have been cited as largely responsible for the fake classes that have been frequented by top-tier athletes for years. Basically, these students took no-show courses in the school’s African and Afro-American studies department, earning inflated grades to help ensure their academic eligibility to compete on sports teams, including UNC's basketball program, one of the best in the country. In addition to the two administrators who cooked up the scam, academic counselors assigned to athletes steered players towards these courses. Some nicknamed classes within the program as “GPA boosters.” Under NCAA regulation, players have to maintain a certain GPA to remain eligible. Some of the students took multiple fake classes. One student was enrolled in 19 different paper classes. UNC's men’s basketball coach Roy Williams became concerned about the African and Afro-American studies department and began discouraging his players from taking courses in these departments. The football team did not take such a stance. But, let's be real here. Nobody has ever heard of an extremely talented athlete who didn't get into college because he wasn't smart enough. They are always "smart enough" for college and smart enough to play. Even when they are not. No way UNC is the only school bending the rules. According to a report by the Fox2Now

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