INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA DURING ITS ACADEMIC SCANDAL TELL ALL (AT LEAST THE PART ABOUT THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT)
I’m not a college basketball fan, and the University of North Carolina’s football team is frankly not good enough to attract significant attention, so I have not taken much notice of the academic scandal at that school since I wrote about it a few months ago.
Now, however, two individuals who were at North Carolina while the cheating was going on have written a tell-all book. They are being praised, in some circles anyway, for doing so.
Are they altruistically motivated whistleblowers? Or are they really just trying to draw attention to the intercollegiate athletics aspect of the scandal? I don’t know enough to come to a conclusion on those questions, but I do know that the academic fraud went way beyond keeping athletes eligible.
I suppose a tell-all book about academic fraud that involved a large segment of the university, not just the athletic department, may not be as interesting to the casual reader. It would also be more damaging to the university. Maybe those are both reasons for the focus of the book.
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