The news brought a sigh of relief from the North Carolina administration, student body and Tar Heel backers.

It brought a shake of a head in disgust and dismay from a large portion of the rest of the world that is under the NCAA rules umbrella.

The long-anticipated decision on what seemed to be a clear-cut case of academic fraud over a time span of several years by numerous North Carolina athletes resulted in no major sanctions against the Tar Heels.

The primary reason cited by the NCAA was that the benefits provided Carolina athletes by courses, which in some instances didn’t even require the students to attend classes, was also available to the North Carolina student body.

In the simplest NCAA infraction terms,  NC was not guilty of providing “”extra benefits” to its athletes.

“”While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called “paper” courses offered by North Carolina,  the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes,” said Greg Sankey, the head of the NCAA infraction committee and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.

So let’s get this straight.

North Carolina was not penalized because it offered courses, which were the equivalent of the old fashioned “”basket weaving” offerings at schools with reputations as football factories.

So Carolina skates, as many NCAA members who contend that the organization has two sets of rules–one for elite schools such as North Carolina and one for everyone else–predicted.


Well, here’s a dose of reality for North Carolina, which has always had the reputation of a high-standard academic university.

That’s now gone. With academic fraud part of the entire system, what is the value of a Carolina degree? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.