Phi Beta Cons

A New Angle on the UNC Football Scandal

Will UNC be fair to students who took the classes? And what is "fair"?

In spite of all the talk about the “paper classes” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, not much attention has been paid to the students who took them. At some point, the university said that it would contact the students who took the courses and invite them to return and take genuine courses. I don’t believe that any degrees have been rescinded, although some students might not have been able to graduate without them.

In a June 27 letter to the Raleigh News & Observer. Morgan Randall, an offensive lineman at UNC from 2006 to 2008, defended the students who took bogus classes. He admits that he took two such classes and agrees that they required little work (but he did submit papers).

He fears that UNC will accept NCAA sanctions such as vacating wins, and he doesn’t think that would be fair.

Rather than accept the NCAA’s perverted definitions of “morality,” UNC should stand up for its students. It is long overdue for an institution to resist the many injustices the NCAA advocates. I, along with every other athlete, did what was asked of me and more. Submitting to such punishments would provide a convenient scapegoat but in actuality only demean the athletes’ talents and efforts.

Randall has since graduated from the University of Kentucky medical school, so the gaps in his education didn’t hurt him too much. And how many students take a few “gut” or “crips” classes?

Just another viewpoint…

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...

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