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NCAA Looks To Adopt The UNC Rule

UNC’s reputation for cheating is nearly permanent

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional Practice
Mar 28, 2019; Kansas City, MO, United States; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams speaks during a press conference for the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center.
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Back in the day before the academic fraud scandal exploded, UNC was seen by many as a model for how to excel academically and athletically.

It wasn’t as true locally as many people in the Triangle were aware of what was going on. We were told in 2001 that UNC was cheating and using the AFAM department to do it (specifically we were told this after Duke beat Carolina in Cameron and we were standing outside looking at Jason Capel on the UNC bus. It’s a very vivid memory).

Well times change and here’s UNC’s image now: the NCAA is pushing a new rule through specifically to deal with situations like what happened in Chapel Hill.

So from now on, assuming this passes and is bolted into the increasingly byzantine NCAA rulebook, academic fraud will forever be connected with UNC and what will become known as the UNC Rule. Every time academic fraud comes up UNC’s name will be automatically attached.

It’s not enough but at least it’s something.

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