The EPIX documentary “Schooled: The Price of College Sports” has a couple eye-opening and shocking revelations, even to someone like me who has college basketball and college football “scandal fatigue.”
The primary one revolves around the North Carolina Tar Heels academic services.
Mary Willingham, learning specialist at UNC-Chapel Hill, (Photo Credit: EPIX) talks about the “paper classes” that North Carolina Tar Heels on the football team take. These courses are simply: write one paper and turn it in. You don’t have to go to class. Turn in the paper and you pass. I have a friend who’s a Literature Professor for a Big East school. He once told me off the record of offering the same exact deal to a guy who went on to play point guard in the NBA for over a decade.
That future NBA baller told my Prof friend he was illiterate, and “your class is an ocean of words. You’re throwing me directly into the ocean and I can’t even swim.” Rather clever, especially for a guy that couldn’t read or