Report: UNC provided fake classes for athletes

A slave’s education is of little value to its master.

Researcher Mary Willingham says many college athletes in profit-making sports cannot read at the college level. (Image from CNN video)

Researcher Mary Willingham says many college athletes in profit-making sports cannot read at the college level. (Image from CNN video)

Some of Thomas Jefferson’s slaves were taught enough to understand written instructions and perform their duties, but the vast majority learned nothing from the third president of the United States.

At the University of North Carolina, players attend “fake classes,” reports ESPN in a video.

The Sporting News shows a screengrab of the video that reveals the alleged classwork of a player who received an “A” for his one-paragraph report.

It is more than a bit ironic that the report is on Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.

As explained in the ESPN segment, North Carolina players were allegedly put in fake classes in the African-American Studies department that didn’t require regular attendance and gave a passing grade to almost anyone.

In the ESPN report, former player Deunta Williams said his academic advisor told him of the easy classes.

The advisor’s job, Williams told ESPN, “isn’t necessarily to make Deunta Williams a better person. A smarter person. Their job … is to make sure I’m eligible to play.”

Williams, who said he had no GPA troubles while at UNC, said coaches knew if players needed to boost their grades they should be directed to “paper classes” that only required a report be turned in to make an “easy B.”

The head of UNC’s African-American studies program, Julius Nyang’oro, resigned in December after being indicted for being paid to teach a class that never met. That class was filled with 18 football players and one former player, reports The Raleigh News & Observer.

The News & Observer also reported Nyang’oro awarded a B-plus for an upper-level class a student took before his first full semester as a freshmen – one in which he was slated to take remedial writing.

In February, UNC said it had hired an independent investigator to look into “academic irregularities.”

I’ve written before about former UNC professor Mary Willingham, who first revealed that many UNC athletes were illiterate.

Willingham, who has received death threats for speaking out, says the NCAA has never contacted her about the allegations.

Williams says the NCAA just wants their message to get out — college athletes should not be paid.

Work on America’s last plantation continues.

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54 comments Add your comment

BenDaho

March 28th, 2014
11:03 am

No surprise here. I’m quite sure that it goes on in a lot of football factories. They need to develop a minor league system for the nfl, let the dummies try and play their way into the nfl and let real student atheletes go to college and play their way and get an education. How are they getting a high school diploma if they have a 3rd grade reading level?

Nunya Biz

March 28th, 2014
11:07 am

In other news, the sky is blue and the sun rises from the east.

Ben

March 28th, 2014
11:10 am

People have been making jokes about this sort of thing for as long as I’ve been alive. Color me shocked that this is considered news.

George Mathis

March 28th, 2014
11:22 am

Ben, It is news because it is no longer just jokes and conjecture but provable fact.

Bill

March 28th, 2014
11:29 am

Where the heck is the NCAA??? Looking the other way for their favorite sons, UNC, USC, Etc. Unmitigated HYPOCRISY!!!!!

Day Late & Dollar Short

March 28th, 2014
11:37 am

Well George, the Jan Kemp era was a long time ago at State U. The ‘proof’ apparently was lost in the bottom of the pudding vat, or buried with one of the Ugga’s inbred offspring.

JIm Tavegia

March 28th, 2014
11:38 am

And what makes you think high school is any different when you can have 3 Fs and still play a sport. No administration is willing to light that candle and bring on the fire storm that would come. Public Ed and college is totally messed up. It is just about the money now.

These are learned behaviors that go on from Middle School. There is a college that has the same letter as : Just Show Up. Their graduates make a joke about it.

Day Late & Dollar Short

March 28th, 2014
11:38 am

Enter your comments here

George Mathis

March 28th, 2014
11:42 am

Day Late — I think the world has changed since the Jan Kemp story broke in the 1980s. Hopefully some more positive change will occur this time around.

motherofanstudentathlete

March 28th, 2014
11:50 am

Enter your comments here

blackbird13

March 28th, 2014
11:52 am

Big time college sports is such a hoax. Colleges pretend like the athletes are students so donor alumni and other fans can pretend like they won something when those “student/athletes” represent them on the field or court.

motherofanstudentathlete

March 28th, 2014
12:00 pm

Check the graduation rate of any college’s student athletes and it will speaks volumes as to how much the school really emphasizes education.

Nightwing

March 28th, 2014
12:02 pm

Lol those that didn’t know this live under a rock. I mean when you’re taught from early age nothing, but football that’s it NOTHING BUT FOOTBALL. I mean do I feel sorry for them yes and no. No for the simple fact they can do something about it and yes for the fact that people are just using them regardless.
I like College Football, but the reality is those players never reap back what they’ve helped the Universities make. That’s why I was partly happy with what happened to Northwestern and then sad as I heard they’re trying to tax them.

Hurshle Walkkr

March 28th, 2014
12:16 pm

I wnt ta clazz wen i b plainn 4 d boodogs

La Tonika

March 28th, 2014
12:18 pm

Who dey be makin funs of our sons?

BG

March 28th, 2014
12:19 pm

Why isn’t the NCAA looking into this?

Buster

March 28th, 2014
12:28 pm

What in the world does this have to do with Thomas Jefferson?

Class of '98

March 28th, 2014
12:34 pm

Regardless of one’s opinion of whether or not collegiate athletes should be financially compensated for play, it is insulting and offensive to compare it to slavery.

Collegiate athletes (and believe it or not, some are actually WHITE) are free to leave the team and school anytime they please.

True slaves had no such prerogative.

Only dim minds compare playing college sports to slavery.

Jack ®

March 28th, 2014
12:45 pm

If you are paying your hard-earned money to watch these uneducated gladiators, then you are part of the problem

AT_

March 28th, 2014
12:50 pm

Why the slavery/race angle? Race has nothing to do with this story and the athletes are complicit in this scandal. I don’t see the need of drawing these parallels, it is unnecessary and just make people mad. I won’t argue about what Thomas Jefferson did and didn’t do, but what in the world does that have to do with athlete’s signing up for fake classes? The university and athlete’s should both be ashamed.

Bumper

March 28th, 2014
1:02 pm

Meanwhile, the National Labor Relations Board ruled this week that college athletes can unionize. So now if the UNC football players don’t get at least a B in their make believe classes they can go on strike.

Ralph

March 28th, 2014
1:07 pm

ALL classes at UNC are fake.

Go Wolfpack (no fake STEM courses at N.C. State)

Road Scholar

March 28th, 2014
1:09 pm

It’s soooooooooooooooo unfair, they whined!

Ralph

March 28th, 2014
1:11 pm

Now that college players might unionize as employees, they will be shocked find a tax bill for their compensated tuition, room, and board.

HypoRICHT

March 28th, 2014
1:12 pm

Jan Kemp says “hello” to all you DWAG fans.

George Mathis

March 28th, 2014
1:33 pm

AT_, Race would seem to be a factor when all the fake classes are in African-American studies and a majority of the students are black. The prof that was indicted was the head of the African-American studies department.

fes

March 28th, 2014
1:42 pm

The News Observer is Raleigh, not Charlotte. It’s the NCSU crowd that continues to try to make a mountain of a molehill. Athletes have been taking easy classes, no-shows, fakes, and using tutors to do their work all around the country for generations. To think otherwise is just silly.

wrestler

March 28th, 2014
1:46 pm

Hey hey hey its FAAT Albert……………………

wrestler

March 28th, 2014
1:49 pm

Julius Nyang’oro, will be hired under the Obama administration as head of the department of education before the end of the year…

KGray

March 28th, 2014
1:58 pm

This is what happened to a young man years ago who attended Creighton and he couldn’t read and had to attend classes at Marva Collins School with 1st grades; because, he couldn’t read. They use these players until their eligibility is up, then they toss them like trash.

George Mathis

March 28th, 2014
2:04 pm

Thanks for the correction fes

Irony

March 28th, 2014
2:10 pm

They cannot be bothered to attend a class about their own history? Ok, I’ve got it … they are just in school to chase around a ball for the chance at a big paycheck that they’ll lose because they are so darn stupid to begin with!

Oh yes, that is news to me too!

Hurshle Walkkr

March 28th, 2014
2:47 pm

I funmbld mi skoobook

ItisMarch

March 28th, 2014
2:53 pm

Lost me with the reference to slavery. College athletes are far from slave. Do you really know what slavery is? Many of these athletes live better than slave owners.

George Johnson

March 28th, 2014
3:19 pm

If you look at who “teaches” those bogus “african american” classes, along with the “feminist studies”, “gay studies” and all the other “______ studies” “classes”, you’ll see that almost every single one of them is worthless.
They’ve turned into either jobs programs for liberals that can’t hack it in the outside world, so they spend the rest of their lives living in a fantasy world at “university”. Or they’re bogus classes like this for athletes that the “schools” depend on for money.
Higher “education” in this country, along with “journalism” died a long, slow, painful death years ago. And liberals, are the ones that drove the stake into it’s heart.

Domin8er

March 28th, 2014
3:30 pm

Wait til the Union thugs get ahold of this whistleblower.

Bernie31

March 28th, 2014
4:13 pm

Time we should ALL STOP the Pretense of STUDENT – ATHLETE! Time to PAY these Young People a SALARY as a “GLADIATOR” for ALL Colleges and Universities in America.
This Charade of pretense is in NEED for some MAJOR changes and not allow for the continual EXPLOITATION of these sometimes Gifted Performers of Sports.

CALL a SPADE a SPADE, is what I SAY!

Time for NCAA and the institutions to SHARE in the Multi BILLION Dollar Money SCAM while only the performers get Sneakers,Shirts and Hats.

Time to BREAK OFF a PIECE of CHEESE…..Give it UP…..NOW!

There is enough money to Pay these performers a Base salary of 75K! everyone of them and provide adequate healthcare for injuries sustained in their performance. Including ALL Long Term Injury results. The Coaches are paid by the Colleges and universites as well as the MULTI BILLION DOLLAR Sports related industry. why NOT the Peformers! The Lady above is Just a HATER and jealous she must Work for a Living while a number of them go on to be far wealthier than she could ever DREAM OF!

SEEMS and Looks like Sour Grapes to me….Will you just look at her MUG! Butt UGLY!
That Mug Looks like the backend of a MULE looking North in a Snowstorm! during SUMMER in South Georgia.

uh..huh.

^^ LQQK at CRAZY^^

March 28th, 2014
6:10 pm

Working Man

March 28th, 2014
7:10 pm

This story is old. UNC has had wins vacated and lost scholarships, but for some reason this Mary Willingham continues to be presented by the national media as a credible source. She lost her research credentials for unethical methods. Here’s a very well written analysis of her public comments.
http://coachingthemind.blogspot.com/2014/02/truth-and-literacy-at-unc.html

AT_

March 28th, 2014
11:16 pm

George, I disagree. Just because those involved are black doesn’t make this a race issue. The story can stand on its own without adding elements that don’t exist.

BehindEnemyLines

March 28th, 2014
11:29 pm

As “Working Man” pointed out, this story is old news.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

March 29th, 2014
8:08 am

“Work on America’s last plantation continues.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Waiting for Hedley

March 29th, 2014
11:46 am

This story sounds like a dozen Adam Sadler movies. I still prefer college football over NFL games. School is what you make of it and the opportunities you are given. Quit blaming people for your good fortune.

areaman

March 29th, 2014
12:05 pm

Knowing the way the NCAA acts, if UNC has done something wrong, East Carolina and Appalachian State will be put on probation.

zeke

March 29th, 2014
12:29 pm

This is not news! All schools do it so they can get kids in who would otherwise never be able to enroll! Majors like African studies are there just to insure that the players remain eligible! That is wrong! So, if the lame players think a scholarship that costs maybe 20, 30, or, up to 60 thousand a year is not enough, THEN START ONLY ALLOWING THOSE WHO COULD GAIN ADMISSION ACADEMICALLY TO BE ON ATHLETIC TEAMS! And then, MAKE THEM TAKE REAL COLLEGE COURSES AND REMAIN ACADEMICALLY ELIGIBLE TO REMAIN IN SCHOOL AND ON THE TEAMS!!!

SKB

March 29th, 2014
6:22 pm

You guys do realize that UNC is practically an IVY league school right? so what if they had a few problems. Academics of non athlete students have very little to do with what happened here.

Hidden Agenda

March 29th, 2014
7:40 pm

When they aren’t making up the classes, they are making up the grades. Higher education is little more than a money-making scam for the colleges, universities, and student loan lenders. Everyone else is getting the shaft.

'66 Brave

March 30th, 2014
7:02 am

The ultimate snob school = UNC (Chapel Hill). I have found their fans to be the most obnoxious and pious fans when it comes to their academic standing in the college sports community. For the fans who still believe that their school does not participate in this ruse, get a dose of reality from this story. Next candidate for revelation of this practice of fraud will be those in the ATL believing that their technical school is so superior and pure. “We do it the right way” often appears in these blogs from our friends on North Ave. Yeah right!

Harvey

March 30th, 2014
9:15 am

So, where is the “new” in news reporting? These reports have been trickling out of UNC for 5 years or more (and their actions have probably been going on longer than that).

Derwin0

March 30th, 2014
9:28 am

Looks like UNC has their own Jan Kemp situation.