The NCAA conducted an almost two-year investigation into the University of North Carolina, and it was concluded earlier this year. The sanctions were a post-season ban, loss of a few scholarships, probation; nothing out of the ordinary. The violations were also nothing drastically out of the ordinary, mainly players receiving improper benefits, improper dealings between players and coaches and NFL agents, and academic fraud. BUT, the academic fraud the NCAA found them guilty of was a tutor providing free tutoring for players. The issue with the NCAA and their investigation, is that they completely missed the fact that the African-American studies department has has 54 fake, no-show classes. Players were literally told to sign up for these classes by academic advisors so that they didn’t have to go or take any tests and they would receive a grade.
I would be okay with the NCAA missing these violations if they did not charge North Carolina with academic fraud. If they hadn’t charged them, then it isn’t unrealistic to expect that North Carolina wouldn’t investigate every single aspect of the school and the student athletes. The school is too large and the investigating committee is too small to check out the entire school every time there is a violation. But, when there are charges of academic fraud brought up against the school, how on earth is every aspect of the student athletes academics investigated? How is it that a newspaper, with less staff members, was able to do a better job than the NCAA investigating committee?
Quite honestly its embarrassing; not to mention this makes the NCAA look foolish. It then raises the question, as to how can the NCAA give out punishment to any school, particularly Penn State, when they can’t even conduct their own investigation. Is that the reason the NCAA went with the Freeh Report as the basis of their issuing of sanctions? Because they have made it clear that they cannot possibly conduct their own investigations properly. It then raises the questions as to what other investigations have they messed up? Have they missed other important details to investigations? Could they have given out more severe or less severe punishments because of it?
It does, however, answer the question as to why they take so long to do every single investigation they have. Even after a year or two-years of investigating they still get things wrong. At what point will the NCAA rulebook get demolished and a new governing body will rise from the ashes?