And the biggest fact of the matter is this. I know the college football landscape very well. I am personal friends with a plethora of college assistant coaches and even a few high profile head coaches. With that said, every, and let me say it a bit clearer, EVERY program in the nation has had some sort of academic fraud, or cheating, or pushing the envelope the slightest bit for athletes, whether in football, basketball, or whatever applicable sport, but UNC was caught.
Had UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin not sent the tweets he sent when attending an agents party, these faults may have never seen the light of day.
Now personally, and I will state that I am a UNC Tar Heels fan, I am glad that this academic fraud case has came to light because it means that a problem existed and it can be fixed.
Yes it's embarrassing for the program you support to go through this, and even more embarrassing for graduates like Jim West to deal with, but what Carolina did was no worse than what most other programs have done, or are still doing. It's just that the microscope is on UNC at this time.
What I don't like about this case is how certain media outlets, especially college fan-based media and recruiting sites have jumped on this and dug for every bit of evidence they could find, not for the purpose of fixing the problem or finding a solution, but more so to embarrass the other school. Yes i'm pointing at you N.C. State sites and fans.
I'm not your typical UNC fan, I actually do support N.C. State and Duke because I'm friends with coaches on those staffs and I want them to succeed. It not only makes the ACC better, it makes our state better. I want N.C. State and Duke to go 11-1 every year with that one loss being to UNC, but unfortunately over zealous fans of the other institutions find it more fun to throw stones than to support their fellow citizens.
Again though, with all of the academic fraud cases that have come light, this is actually a good thing in my mind. It can serve as a catalyst for change, and clean up the system to include eliminating any rouge staff members who worked against the standards and ethics set forth by the institution.
If investigators can determine that a head coach not only suggested cheating, but actually through is means of control and manipulation facilitated it, he should be banned for life. This goes deeper than just college sports, it shows a pattern of how we as a society are sharply going down hill and just looks bad for us as a nation. Our society needs to straighten up and get their priorities right, and our ethics back on track to what they should be.