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We now have a White House petition to investigate UNC athletics

Jul 24, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

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The North Carolina athletics department has had their fair share of negative publicity in recent years.

There were the football players that were tied to NFL agents and declared ineligible or kicked off the team. There was the firing of football coach Butch Davis for his ties to NFL agents. There still is the issue of the association between the football and basketball teams and an Afro-American studies professor that allegedly gave out fake grades.

And now there is the PJ Hairston drama, who was pulled over driving without a license in a car where weed and a gun were found outside. All charges from that incident got dropped, but it launched an investigation into where Hairston got a rented 2013 GMC Yukon, which has led to his association with Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas and Thomas’ penchant for renting expensive cars.

All of this has fans of Duke and NC State quite riled up, enough so that they’ve created a petition on WhiteHouse.gov to get the university investigated:

For 3+ years, a series of scandals have uncovered systemic academic fraud at UNC as far back as 1997. The fraud includes 200+ lecture-style classes that never met, as well as hundreds of suspect independent studies enrollments and unauthorized grade changes. In some cases, classes only benefited members of the athletic program.

Meanwhile, UNC has received significant federal funding for research and allowed students to maintain eligibility for federal loans and grants. Federal funding for research at UNC accounted for $544.9 million (9th in federal R&D expenditures) in 2012.

UNC has reacted to inquiries by stalling the release of information and hiding behind FERPA for failing to disclose. A comprehensive investigation is required to ensure that federal funds are not being misused.

As of this posting, there are less than 100 signatures, which means they need about 99,900 more.

But there are a lot of NC State and Duke fans out there — not to mention Kentucky fans, who are crazy enough to take out their displeasure with the public portrayal of John Calipari on the Tar Heels.

 

  1. lundy337 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Rob,
    While I had heard rumors of the “petition”, but I confess I hadn’t actually confirmed its existence and read it until I saw your story here.

    The petition does have some merit and basis, but the outrageousness of it is almost deserving of a double face palm.
    On the one side look at the politics of NC. Most high level lawmakers and Board of Governors members of the University of North Carolina System (which includes all public schools in the state) are unc-CHeat alums. Unc-CHeat has the system’s major law school, NC Central doesn’t count really. Wake and Duke are private and most of those alums leave the state after they graduate. NC State is a science, technology, engineering school, so most of those alums can get jobs and don’t need a law degree in order to do something other than wait tables. So all the people that look into unc to keep it honest are in power positions and if you know any unc-CHeat alums well then you know they are beyond blindly loyal and less than self critical to their alma mater. I’d say to a fault they believe all is perfect and always has been in the land of putrid light blue.

    On the other hand I’m really surprised at the dispersement of those 100 or so that have signed the petition. Is this due to disgust at the NCAA? Has unc-CHeat sowed this much hatred nationwide? I thought their arrogance was mainly limited to within the state’s borders.

    I admit I’m tempted to sign just for the heck of it, but I have this fear of being audited by the IRS. After all Obama is a unc fan (not surprising but I’ll stay out of the political conotations) and I’m sure his office would just continue the political cover-up.

  2. glasses11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    “There was the firing of football coach Butch Davis for his ties to NFL agents.” you are clearly on top of the situation – statement couldn’t be more wrong

  3. kingghidora - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    It’s rich as it can be for Duke fans to harp about UNC cheating. I guess they forgot Corey Maggette as fast as possible. NC St. may have a good reason to complain but those White House petitions are a dime per 1000. They mean nothing, will accomplish nothing, and produce nothing except laughter.

    At least Dauster admits Cal gets a bum rap in the press. That’s probably the best result we could have seen from this dog and pony show.

  4. roland66and7 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    How is it “crazy” to be aggravated over the NCAA’s unjustifiable double standards, as well as those of the media?

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