Every year colleges in NCAA are mixed up in scandals which articulate the disconnect between athletics and academics. This year it’s University of North Carolina (UNC). A former student-athlete and student-athlete advisor, Deunta Williams blew the whistle on UNC. Williams asserts student-athletes were pressured to take “paper courses” so to maintain NCAA eligibility.
No Class Today
In the paper courses students never met with instructors and were only tasked with one assignment, writing one paper, a final exam, the entire course. These final exams are nothing like the typical, seven to fifteen page college final exam either. Williams provided a final exam which a student-athlete earned an A- final grade for.
The paper is shorter than any post on GiveMeSport.com totaling only seven sentences. Additionally, the “essay” was largely plagiarized from the movie “The Rosa Parks Story” and does not articulate the actual history of Rosa Parks.
UNC is not Unique
As with every NCAA scandal a host of conspirators come out of the woodwork to tell their story of how they did school work for a student-athlete throughout an entire course. One person, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, says he wrote for a collegiate athlete since high school. The player’s father bank rolled every grade since high school so that his son could focus on athletics.
“I was paid a couple grand every semester by the wealthy father of an athlete to take these paper courses and a few online courses so his son could stay eligible at a NCAA powerhouse school. Turns out he had been buying his son's grades since high school. His coach and academic adviser were in on it too.”
Others claim star athletes would receive tutors who completed most course work for athletes. One person claims “He also had a bevy of "tutors" which would "tutor" by completing his assignments each night while he ate Dominos and played video games and they sat at his desk working away. Mysteriously most of his tests were take home as well.”
Billions on the backs of young men
Issues like this UNC scandal emphasize a need for change in the way the NCAA and major sports leagues conduct their business. The NCAA is obviously using these young people as professional athletes and need to treat them accordingly. If the NFL and NBA are going to poach talent from colleges with no regard to the standard of education, the leagues need to create their own minor league without age restrictions.
If most colleges have degrees in music and dance, why is a major in basketball or football so absurd? Most colleges are lying and manipulating the rules to allow star student athletes to do as they please. These deficiencies highlight the irony of the typical defense for paying student-athletes “their getting a free education.” Well as it turns out they’re not. “Student-”athletes are playing sports while students and advisors do the coursework behalf of the student-athlete.