Saturday, March 22, 2014

The March 25th HBO special: facts slowly revealed.

The forthcoming HBO special "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" (3/25) will continue to slowly give national attention to some data and facts in relation to the University of North Carolina's AFAM department and its various big-budget athletic programs.  (link below)  

Much more information for nationwide perusal is still to come, including detailed analyses and statistics.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More token UNC scandal exposure: HBO's Real Sports

     In the near future, the HBO show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" will be doing a short feature on UNC's athletic/academic issues.  Like the BusinessWeek front-page story from several weeks back, it should serve as another broad overview of the university's vast issues.  A full unearthing of information should not be expected, however; there is simply no way to cover all of the questionable transgressions in a 30-minute-to-one-hour TV show.

     What it will do is give a national audience a bit more token insight into the educational travesties that have taken place at the school.  In the coming months a much more substantial slate of information will be presented to the public; this will allow outsiders to digest the facts and see the full scope of how the spirit and integrity of academics have been abused for the sake of UNC athletic glory.  More details will be announced soon.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Willingham, Smith, and Levine stand alone at UNC-CH

                Mary Willingham, Jay Smith, and Madeline Levine.  They are unique in that they are three adults and professionals associated with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who have actually had the courage to speak out against the athletic/academic fraud that has taken place at the university.  At an institution with over 3,000 faculty members, however, they constitute an extremely small percentage.
                There have been numerous (other) professionals whose pasts are/were interestingly connected to athletics.  These have included academic assistants, support personnel, professors, numerous individuals in committee and/or leadership roles, and even some in administrative positions.  Whether coincidentally or not, many of those with ties to athletics have either been directly connected to portions of the athletic/academic fraud, or else have seemingly missed (or purposely overlooked) instances of impropriety that should have otherwise raised red flags.  In some cases these oversights spanned decades.  Conversely to Willingham, Smith, and Levine, many of these other individuals have chosen to remain mute on the negative issues that have come to light over the past four years.  Some of the names have already shown up in print media; some have not.

                Smith, Willingham, and Levine continue to essentially stand alone.  More information on those who chose silence (and in some cases even misplaced support) over courage, however, will be detailed in the future.  A major announcement regarding the athletic/academic scandals at UNC is now a little over one month away.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

BusinessWeek cover-story overview of UNC academic scandal

     A cover-story in the most recent edition of BusinessWeek, penned by Paul Barrett, provides a nice overview of portions of the UNC scandal.  While it is somewhat limited in scope, it still provides a very nice national precursor to more in-depth information that will be released soon.  A major announcement along those lines is now less than six weeks away.

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