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BOSS Sports | UNC’s fake class scandal: Is it meant to destroy Black Studies Departments?

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The recent scandal involving form North Carolina Tarheel Rashad McCants was an embarrassing black eye to the university.  McCants claimed that, despite the fact that he rarely went to class, the university showered him with false academic honors.  The incident led to the blasting of the Department of African American and Diaspora Studies and the ouster of the former chair, who also faced criminal charges in the series of events.  But didn’t the university know what was going on?  What about Tarheels basketball coach Roy Williams?  Is he not responsible for knowing if his players are being guided by his employees toward committing academic fraud so that they can remain eligible to earn millions for him and the basketball program?

University of Louisville professor Dr. Ricky L. Jones has a few things to say about all of this, and he’s not being polite about it.  You can read his article below:

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES

Rashad McCants, UNC, and the Necessity of Black Studies

Dr. Ricky L. Jones

Recent allegations by former North Carolina-Chapel Hill basketball player Rashad McCants have refueled perennial debates about college and university athletic department practices, exploitation of college athletes, the integrity of professors and, in this case, the viability of an academic discipline. McCants told ESPN and other news outlets that his academic advisers steered him to “sham classes” in the school’s African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies department.

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  1. It is not unusual for some athletic programs to encourage athletes to take courses or major in programs that are perceived to be less challenging in order for the athlete to maintain the required GPA. Faculty who've taught athletes have sometimes been "encouraged" to take into consideration the responsibilities of athletes who are required to: carry a full load of courses; maintain a passing GPA;practice many hours each week during season as well as off season; learn new plays; travel to games during season; and give 150% when they play. Too often some are admitted with weak academic skills and minimum study habits. Faculty who aren't willing to be "supportive" of these student/athletes face limited support for trying to maintain academic standards. As long as these student/athletes are producing for the program they're supported; however, when eligibility ends or injury reduces their productivity their academic supports often vanish. Consequently, I see college athletics as a misuse of higher education as well as a misuse of student athletes

  2. Athletic scholarships should disappear completely. College should be about education. Students should be scholars first and athletes a distant second.

  3. Scholarship = Ownership, free labor for schools, they make money the athletes gets nothing. If tuition is $25,000 per year, the money those modern day bucks are bringing in is astronomical so it’s not worth it. They are also risking their lives with no benefits. They should be paid but that’s another story for another day

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