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post Jul 8 2014, 08:54 PM
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A U.S. Senate committee will conduct a hearing Wednesday on the well-being of college athletes, including an examination of whether they’re getting a chance at an education.

Among those scheduled to testify: a former unc-Chapel Hill football player who was wrongly accused of academic fraud by the NCAA four years ago.

Devon Ramsay, a fullback, was declared permanently ineligible early in the 2010 season during an NCAA investigation over improper financial benefits from agents and improper academic help from a tutor. But in Ramsay’s case there were no financial benefits, and all he had done was ask for help on a draft of a three-page paper that resulted in some suggested edits from the tutor.

Ramsay sought help from lawyer Robert Orr, a former N.C. Supreme Court justice, who convinced the NCAA that there was no violation. Early in the following season, Ramsay suffered what turned out to be a career-ending knee injury. His story is featured in a documentary released last year that is critical of the NCAA called “Schooled: The Price of College Sports.” (I am also in this documentary.)

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Also on the witness list:

• NCAA President Mark Emmert.

• Taylor Branch, a civil rights historian and journalist who wrote a 2011 article in The Atlantic that was highly critical of college athletics and the NCAA’s oversight. He is a producer of the documentary.

• Richard Southall, director of the College Sport Research Institute, which used to be housed at unc until he moved it last year to the University of South carolina.

• Myron Rolle, a former Florida State University football player who became a Rhodes Scholar.

It’s unclear at this point whether the committee will explore the long-running academic fraud at unc that involved many athletes. At one point, whistleblower Mary Willingham was asked to testify, but her name never appeared on a witness list.

“We still hear too many reports of fraudulent academics, and too many tragic stories of former college athletes who have absolutely nothing to show for the services they provided to their schools – services that generated millions upon millions of dollars,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat who chairs the committee. “...We need to better understand whether the revenues generated by the NCAA are corrupting the basic mission of athletic programs that are established to serve schools and educate students, not the other way around."

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation will start its hearing at 2:30 p.m. It can be followed on the web here.

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post Jul 8 2014, 09:19 PM
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And it begins.


Who will be the next one to come out of the closet?
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post Jul 8 2014, 10:19 PM
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Mixed emotions. Hole Bob Orr has been his lawyer/advisor/whatever. Not sure I can wrap my mind around him ploppin' Devon down in front of Capitol Hill and rattin' out unx for fraudulent classes and cars from Fats. Would die a happy man to see it though.
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post Jul 8 2014, 10:35 PM
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classes, yes. cars, no.

dan kane is gonna have to be the one to do the real dirty work.
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post Jul 9 2014, 05:50 PM
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Southern Part of Hell
By Bernie Reeves
July 9, 2014 9:07 AM



The once vaunted academic reputation of unc- Chapel Hill lies in shreds on the field of play. The NCAA is re-opening a probe into shenanigans involving money sport athletes (basketball and football); a special investigator — with U.S. Justice Department experience – is finishing up a probe instigated by the unc system’s Board of Governors into phantom classes attended by athletes; and most recently, an academic tutor for scholarship athletes is suing the school for defamation after unc officials attacked her in public for research she unearthed indicating 60 percent of money ball recruits were reading on an 8th grade level. Now a former star basketball player has agreed with Willingham.

Thinking back, I know when the problems arose regarding athletics wagging the academic tail at unc. I sat beside Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford during a luncheon at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at unc in 1990, the day of the announcement Florida State University was joining the conference in 1991. Little did I know I was a witness to history to come when I asked Swofford why a conference composed of top-level institutions of higher learning was accepting a former all-female teacher’s college with scant scholastic prestige. The answer? Georgia Tech had informed the conference it was pulling out to join the Southeast Conference unless the ACC landed a Florida TV market school.

Excuse me for being naive, but weren’t we proud of the ACC’s elite status? After all, member schools had denied entry to Joe Namath and Pete Maravich, now considered legends in football and basketball. Both were recruited but denied a scholarship due to the now quaint-sounding restrictions adhered to by all ACC schools until the 1980s and early 1990s: Athletic scholarships could be granted only to athletes who made an 800 on the SAT and possessed a 1.6 Projected Grade Point Average based on high school transcripts. This requirement resulted in 50+point losses to Notre Dame and Oklahoma in football, but ACC teams could walk off the gridiron with satisfaction that they played for a school that protected its academic prestige. Today, Swofford is ACC commissioner and the league a money machine with little regard for academic standards.

unc, once thought the paragon of ACC athletic purity and prestige, is up to its waist in the sewerage of scandal directly related to the abandonment of recruiting standards for signing big money athletes in basketball and football. Yet the myth, called the carolina Way, continued until just recently – that unc (and the ACC) was above the tawdry athletic antics of an Auburn, or a Miami. Until 2010, when Chancellor Holden Thorp received a call from the NCAA informing him the college sports regulatory body had evidence unc athletes had received improper benefits from “runners” working for sports agents recruiting Tar Heel football players for the NFL and pro leagues abroad.

Thorp was the personification of the carolina Way, a true-blue Tar Heel who was deluded by the myths aura of the school’s past. He was bred believing scholastics and honor prevailed in university athletics. Thorp was the Everyman for most carolina alumni, who saw themselves as above the fray of coarse behavior regarding recruitment and retention of big money jocks. Not so elite as the Ivies perhaps, where academic scholarships are bestowed on athletes, but clean and good compared to the rest.

Since the call, unc has wallowed in hypocrisy and obtuse public communications. The public relations firm the school hired has mirrored the incompetency perceived by the public. Although the Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the unc system Board of Governors, has hired a G-Man, all else has failed to improve the sudden fallen image of the school.

Chancellor Thorp has gone, replaced by Carol Folt, a female from Dartmouth where girls field hockey and badminton represent the sports tradition. Folt was the choice of the faculty, another example of wardens capitulating to the inmates. (As an aside, Bill Roper, respected dean of School of Medicine at unc, offered his services to replace Thorp. He was willing to absorb a huge pay cut to save the university. He was rebuffed so a female token could take the helm, whether qualified or not).

No matter, there is no hope unc will ever recover anyway. Its insides are corroded with destructive radical scholars running the academic side, money-focused cowboys directing the athletic program and third-rate political appointees making administrative decisions on the Board of Trustee level and system-wide Board of Governors.

The carolina Way is a sad joke. And the carolina Blue sky cloudy and overcast.






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post Jul 9 2014, 06:53 PM
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#unc's Devon Ramsay says unc was more concerned about protecting itself against violations and fines than protecting him.

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..........there is no hope unc will ever recover anyway. Its insides are corroded with destructive radical scholars running the academic side, money-focused cowboys directing the athletic program and third-rate political appointees making administrative decisions on the Board of Trustee level and system-wide Board of Governors.


THAT"S WHAT I"M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!

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post Jul 12 2014, 11:39 AM
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Notice the periodic tables stickers on the players...emphasizing the "smart" referenced in the heading. "To seem rather than to be." Most unx fball players won't get within sight or earshot of a Chemistry class... laugh.gif
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post Jul 12 2014, 12:14 PM
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QUOTE(DevilDJ @ Jul 12 2014, 12:39 PM) *

Notice the periodic tables stickers on the players...emphasizing the "smart" referenced in the heading. "To seem rather than to be." Most unx fball players won't get within sight or earshot of a Chemistry class... laugh.gif


One problem... there is no Fo, Ph, Tr, Va, etc on the periodic table. Those abbreviations are not elements.
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I added a little bit to it.
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QUOTE(Lee Corso @ Jul 12 2014, 04:32 PM) *

I added a little bit to it.



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QUOTE(Pookie @ Jul 12 2014, 06:57 PM) *

so good i had to put it on PP


They're too busy offering "inside information" to appreciate good humor.
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unc scandal hits hard on recruiting trail

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The ongoing NCAA investigation into academic fraud at North carolina hasn't been a focal point in the Tar Heels' locker room, coach Larry Fedora said at Monday's ACC Kickoff, but it's been an ever-present speed bump on the recruiting trail.

The NCAA last month reopened the investigation, which had been concluded in 2012 and which Fedora said he'd believed was closed for good, sparking another round of negative recruiting from competing schools.

"It's not really affecting our team," Fedora said. "The players, they're not concerned with it. They've been hearing about it for three years. It's just old news. The ones it affects is in recruiting. That's where it hits you the hardest. The other schools, that's what they're using when they're recruiting against you."

Fedora said he's spoken with recruits about the NCAA's revived interest in the case, which focuses on no-show classes popular among athletes, and that at this point, none have changed their stance toward North carolina.

"We addressed it from the very first day it happened, and we haven't talked about it since with any of them," Fedora said. "None of them really ever asked again. We feel pretty confident about the guys we have committed at this point and the guys we're recruiting."

Still, Fedora said, it's a popular topic of conversation when recruits get in front of other coaches eager to use the NCAA investigation, which cost unc a bowl appearance in 2012, against the Tar Heels.

"Since the day we stepped on campus [in 2012], it hasn't stopped," Fedora said, "and until [the investigation] is over, it's not going to stop."

Fedora said he has not been briefed on the scope or potential duration of the investigation, but he said he's confident the situation will be resolved without further probation for the program. But for as long as the investigation remains open, he said it will be a nagging matter for the team.

"Them coming back in has opened up the door for all that to come back," Fedora said.

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8:20 mark. Greg Barnes opines on possible NCAA sanctions... laugh.gif

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