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My Carolina Degree Not Devalued by AFAM Scandal

I have a degree from UNC and let me say unequivocally: the AFAM scandal has no impact on the value of my degree. Zero. As an alumnus, I am disheartened by this mess. I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. But I have this range of emotions precisely because the academic malfeasance is inconsistent with my experience, and with most every other student who has matriculated at Chapel Hill. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC students rally, 'speak back' to Wainstein report

Yesterday, more than one hundred students rallied at UNC to “speak back” to the Wainstein report. The stated mission of the rally was to challenge the media’s vilification of the African, African American and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) department and to complicate the findings of the Wainstein report, which organizers said failed to acknowledge the merit of the department and the systemic exploitation of student-athletes. (USA Today)

Roy Williams defends ethics; Swofford says he was unaware of issues at UNC

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that he chose a career in athletics administration because of his belief in the marriage between academics and athletics. Swofford, who served as the athletic director at UNC from 1980-97 before assuming his current role, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams faced questions about the failed marriage at UNC during the ACC’s preseason basketball event Wednesday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Swofford says AFAM scandal ‘never arose any issue’ during his watch as UNC AD

ACC commissioner John Swofford, speaking at the ACC’s Operation Basketball event, did his best to dance around questions concerning UNC and the findings announced last week in a report by independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein. He was especially guarded when asked about his own involvement in the controversy, which began while he was serving as the Tar Heels’ athletic director. (Wilmington Star News)

Jan Boxill replaced as director of ethics center

After being implicated in the University’s athletic-academic scandal Wednesday, Professor Jan Boxill lost her directorship of the Parr Center for Ethics. Boxill was replaced by Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, who was appointed interim director. Philosophy chairman Marc Lange and Sayre-McCord refused to comment on their personal reactions to Boxill’s involvement in the bogus classes within the former African and Afro-American Studies department. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC AD Bubba Cunningham discusses fallout from Wainstein Report

The Wainstein Report was a major blow not only to UNC’s athletic department but also to its reputation as one of the nation’s premier academic institutions. That helps explain why Bubba Cunningham was notably tired when I sat down with him to discuss the report, its findings and what comes next. (Sports Illustrated)

Hey UNC Banner-Chasers and Accreditation-Revokers, Sit Down and Shut Up

To the Banner-Chasers and the Accreditation-Revokers, I have a plea from all of us who are concerned about the academic fraud: “Sit down and shut up!” This issue is too important for hyperbole from the sports media, higher education leaders, or holier-than-thou critics. Let’s rationally examine the issues involved, the culture that supported them, and address needed reforms. (Higher Ed Professor)

Ex-UNC chancellor Moeser: Wainstein report 'shocking'

The former chancellor at UNC during the academic scandal said Monday he was shocked by what investigator Kenneth Wainstein found. Wainstein delivered his report Wednesday in Chapel Hill, detailing problems that stretched over 19 years. James Moeser was chancellor at Carolina from 2000 through 2008 and said what Wainstein found "was shocking to me." (WNCN)

Emmert calls North Carolina report 'troubling'

NCAA President Mark Emmert says the findings of a report into alleged academic fraud at the University of North Carolina are ''deeply troubling'' and ''absolutely disturbing.'' The 20-minute interview with The Associated Press marked the first time he has commented publicly since Kenneth Wainstein's report was released last Wednesday. (Yahoo! Sports)

Wainstein report renews student-athlete pay debate

The findings of an independent investigation into an academic scandal at UNC is renewing the debate over whether student-athletes should receive compensation beyond scholarships. ESPN commentator, and Charlotte attorney, Jay Bilas, told WNCN on Sunday the scandal "further points out the fact that this game is about money and education has suffered from that." (WNCN)

Video: Kenneth Weinstein interview

Gwen Ifill talks to former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein about the investigation that unearthed the fraud and why it lasted so long. (PBS)

Butch Davis, Mack Brown address UNC scandal

Former North Carolina football coaches Butch Davis and Mack Brown both vehemently denied any knowledge or involvement in the academic fraud scandal at UNC. Davis and Brown both spoke on the issue for the first time in an interview Saturday that aired at halftime of ESPN2's Rutgers at Nebraska game. Both Davis and Brown are ESPN analysts. (ESPN.com)

Vikings' Jabari Price, a UNC graduate, 'shocked' at academic findings

Vikings cornerback and UNC graduate Jabari Price said he was "shocked'' when an independent investigator released a report this week that many athletes had taken fake "paper classes'' over the past 18 years to remain eligible at the school. Price played for the Tar Heels from 2010-13. He said Friday he never knew anything about such classes until having read media reports. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

The Seemers and the Schemers: The Wainstein Report and UNC’s Repeat Performance

I sat in the room with my husband, John Shoop (the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at UNC from 2007-2011), when he was interviewed by Jay Joseph, one of the attorneys on the Wainstein team a few months ago. The testimony that is printed in the report attributed to John is only a fraction of what he actually said. And some very important things were redacted from his account. (Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop, Ph.D.)

Cunningham: There is a lot of work ahead of us (audio)

University of North Carolina Athletic Direct Bubba Cunningham joined Adam and Joe to discuss the results of the Wainstein Report. Cunningham said, "the length and number of classes probably surprised me the most." (WRAL Sports Fan)

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