The N&O continues to dig away at the UNC scandal, and now, for the first time, they are laying the groundwork to go after the basketball team. Consider the following quotes from their latest expedition in the academic sewer (emphasis ours):
"Some have cited the low percentage of basketball players enrolling in the 54 classes that university officials say showed little or no instruction. Three percent, or 23 enrollments, does seem small. But it doesnât take many athletes to field a basketball team â five on the floor plus several backups. If Williams fielded a new team each of the four years of the period under review, 23 enrollments could equal one in three players taking a suspect class.
"Furthermore, the records show that in two cases a basketball player was the sole enrollee in a class. In another, a basketball player was one of two enrollees. Two of those three classes were Swahili language courses, and are among nine classes in which officials canât identify who created them and provided some kind of assignment.
"Put another way, here are two language classes in which students would be expected to develop their speaking skills that never met. And they had no more than two students enrolled. How were they expected to practice speaking the language?"