The University of North Carolina has been embroiled in an NCAA scandal involving: rogue agents, illegal benefits, rogue tutors, plagiarized papers, rogue coaches, fake classes, rogue faculty, fake majors, rogue players, fake departments, rogue professors, fake degrees, etc. However, up until this point the holy grail of UNC, men’s basketball, has escaped criticism. That is, until now.
Today, Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead published an article that asked some very interesting questions. Specifically, who is Wayne Walden and what did he have to do with the African American Studies program? and, Why did UNC basketball players stop majoring in this degree?
If we look all the way back to 2005, Roy William’s first National Championship season at UNC, you’ll find some interesting things. First, seven members of the team majored in African American Studies, a program that has shown to be fraudulent. Most notably, Sean May, who had a few things to say about his decision to change his major from communications to the aforementioned African American Studies.
Afro-American and African studies, May said, offered “more independent electives, independent study. I could take a lot of classes during the season. Communications, I had to be there in the actual classroom.”
Well, we can’t have that can we? Sean May had more important things to do during the season than be bothered with silly classes.
Let’s also not forget that Roy Williams is no Saint when it comes to the NCAA. He placed the University of Kansas on probation before bolting for North Carolina back in 2004.
The UNC Football program was already hit with NCAA penalties last season, but this scandal is refusing to go away. Coach Williams has insisted that this is not a basketball issue, but there’s an awful lot of smoke coming from his general direction.
As of today, there’s nothing there. But plenty of people are still digging and seem to be finding more questions than answers when it comes to the basketball programs involvement. Will they be able to escape the wrath of the NCAA?