When the New York Times opinion page is posting about a southern university's athletic department, you know it's probably not going to be good news.
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And it's not.
Joe Nocera took a look at Mary Willingham's situation - her last day is Tuesday, incidentally - and everything she's been through. As you might expect, Nocera's very sympathetic to her position.
Pair that with the Education Department's look at sexual assaults on campus and the view of UNC is not pretty.
We've always drawn a distinction between athletics, where it's okay to "hate" UNC, and the university proper. UNC has an impressive history of
being ahead of the curve on social issues. The university has always been ahead of the state on racial issues and often on feminist issues as well.
So it's very sad to see that UNC athletics exploits minority athletes so thoroughly and that it has mishandled sexual assaults as well.
As taxpayers, as citizens, and as people who take pride in UNC's non-athletic achievements and appreciate its key role in the Triangle economy, it's quite disheartening.