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UNC report: ‘not an athletic scandal… it was an academic one’


And cue the Lt. Frank Drebin clip… now.

In the culmination of a three-month “independent investigation” into allegations of academic fraud at North Carolina, former governor Jim Martin released his group’s report Thursday morning to the school’s Board of Trustees.  The report concluded that students — including non-athletes as well as athletes such as football players — benefited from questionable practices within the African and Afro-American Studies Department, including what ESPN.com classified as “unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class time.”

The academic fraud extended back as far as 1997, much further than the 2007 time frame uncovered in the school’s original investigation.  Martin, though, was adamant on multiple occasions in the sentiment that “[t]he athletics department, coaches, players didn’t create this. It was not in their jurisdiction.  Did student-athletes take advantage of it?… I think so, but same with the non-athletes.”

The biggest take away from Martin’s report to the trustees?

“This was not an athletic scandal. It was an academic scandal, which is worse.”

In a June Raleigh New & Observer report, however, the paper wrote that “records show that in the summer of 2011, 19 students enrolled in AFAM 280: Blacks in North Carolina, 18 of them players on the football team, the other a former player.”  A month later, the News & Observer reported that “athletes made up a majority of enrollments in the more than 40 ‘no-show’ classes.”

In March of this year, the UNC football program was slapped with multiple NCAA sanctions, including a bowl ban for the 2012 season, stemming from an impermissible benefits scandal that bled into the academic side in the form of a former tutor.  In late August and months after the completion of an internal investigation, UNC released a statement in which it announced that “the NCAA staff reaffirmed to university officials that no NCAA rules appeared to have been broken.”

Martin’s report has been forwarded to the NCAA.  Whether any further action on the part of The Association will come out of this report remains to be seen.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.

Big 12 apologizes for blown call in OSU-KSU game

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Cearly, the folks in Stillwater are living right.

A week after receiving some, uh, fortuitous calls in their 30-27 win over Texas, No. 21 Oklahoma State was the beneficiary of an officiating error that aided the Cowboys in their 36-34 come-from-behind win over Kansas State on Saturday.

The chain crew incorrectly credited the Cowboys with a first down they did not earn during the second quarter Saturday, directly leading to an Oklahoma State touchdown.

That improper touchdown allowed Oklahoma State to pull within 28-20 just before the half, springboarding the Cowboys on to a comeback win. The Wildcats had won 49 in a row when leading at the half until Saturday.

From the conference:

Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday’s K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakingly set for the yard-to-gain.

“Accurracy and adherence to Conference policies and officiating mechanics are vital to the proper administration of the rules in all games,” said Anderson. “Disciplinary actions will be addressed with both the field officials and chain crew.”