Originally Posted by: UNC'80
I am an unabashed Tar Heel. I graduated from "the hill" in 1980. I love Carolina athletics. Having said all that, the coaches in all sports need to have a sit down with the STUDENT athletes and make it crystal clear that the University and it's commitment to excellence and education will not tolerate cheating or rule breaking. Period. Any rule breaking should be dealt with FAST. No if's, and's or but's. We need STUDENT athletes. The rules are easy to understand. If you need to be a "big man" go do it someplace else.
I agree that we could use a few more "students" among our "student-athletes", but it's always a trade-off in big-time college athletics where such an emphasis is placed on winning. Coaches' jobs are dependent on their win-loss records, and more wins equal more filled stadiums and booster donations. Money is steering the ship now.
There are very few schools that can pull off this balance of athletics and academics. UNC has done a good job with this until recently. Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and a few others also come to mind. But if fans want to truly embrace the student-athlete model, they'll likely have to settle for fewer victories, especially in football where there are so many more players involved.