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What Did Crowder Know And When Did She Know It?

Even as a reluctant witness, Deborah Crowder could blow the UNC case wide open

Things might get a bit testy in Chapel Hill
Things might get a bit testy in Chapel Hill
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the UNC scandal has moved from NCAA issues to indictable offenses, various people are going to move to the fore. One of those is very likely to be Deborah Crowder, the woman who basically ran the African studies department. The prosecutors are very likely to (and may already have and we might have missed it) try to flip her.

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For anyone who hasn't watched enough legal dramas, essentially she'll be offered a way out of her legal problems if she testifies as the prosecutors desire.

If that's what's happening, and the N&O's Dan Kane appears to suggest that it is, then that means the Big Fish will be someone else and likely former department chair Julius Nyang’oro.

Whatever ultimately comes out, someone had to either set the false classes up or allow them to evolve (don't forget that signatures were falsified to create some of these classes). If anyone is flipped, that's the motivation.

Small note from the ongoing struggle between UNC and the media, as the media continues to try to gain documents and information from the university: apparently UNC now classifies employee photos as a personnel record which can't be released due to privacy concerns.

The N&O puts it this way:

State law identifies personnel records as those related to an employee’s "application, selection, promotion, demotion, transfer, leave, salary, contract for employment, benefits, suspension, performance evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination." It also says that information in a personnel file such as "home address, social security number, medical history, personal financial data, marital status, dependents, and beneficiaries" are private.

It's kind of ridiculous, but it underscores again UNC's tenacious desire to limit and control the debate as much as possible. It hasn't worked - in fact it's backfired - but at this point, it's almost inconceivable that UNC would do it any other way.