NCAA Hiding UNC Secrets From Law Enforcement

In a move that may speed up a formal Federal Government inquiry into the anti-trust exemption enjoyed by numerous, prominent college football schools, today the State of North Carolina sought an order from a Wake County (NC) Superior Court judge to force the NCAA to turn over unreleased evidence that it used in the investigation of the University of North Carolina football program.

NCAA hide documents from North Carolina law enforcement to save UNC, Itself?

(State of North Carolina: NCAA blocking law it asked state to create!)

Despite a subpoena ordering the release of specific evidence requested by North Carolina’s Secretary of State last July, the NCAA has repeatedly refused to provide any documents or recordings that could further impugn the University of North Carolina football program - or the NCAA itself.

Why does the State of North Carolina want the evidence that the NCAA cited to charge the UNC football program with nine major NCAA rules violations? (Allegations that ultimately led to the firing of athletic director Dick Baddour and head football coach Butch Davis.)

So State of North Carolina authorities can enforce the very same Uniform Athletes Agent Act that the NCAA itself lobbied the State of North Carolina to enact into law in 2000 - and currently touts on the NCAA.org website.

That flabbergasting fact was prominently noted in the North Carolina Secretary of State court filing today (pdf):

THE NCAA PETITIONED THE UNIFORM ATHLETE AGENTS ACT BUT FAILS TO COMPLY WITH ITS MANDATES

The Uniform Law Commissioners, formerly known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, drafted, approved, and recommended for enactment in all the states the Uniform Athlete Agents Act in 2000.

The Prefatory Note to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, a true and accurate copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit J, states that of the lack of uniformity and lack of reciprocity provisions in existing statutes, the NCAA and several universities asked the Conference to undertake the drafting of a Uniform Act . . .

The Drafting Committee [acting for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws] met over a period of three years and had valuable input from athlete agents, coaches, individuals responsible for administering existing acts, and representatives of the players associations of the National Football League, the National Hockey League, major league baseball and the NCAA.

As stated in the Prefatory Note to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, the NCAA asked the Conference to undertake drafting the Act and provided valuable input. It appears that the NCAA advocated for enactment of these laws.

North Carolina adopted the Uniform Athlete Agents Act in 2003, S.L. 2003-375, legislative action placing it in N.C. Gen. Stat. Chapter 78C.

The two prior North Carolina Acts regulating athlete agents had also been placed in Chapter 78C and administered by the Secretary.

WHEREFORE, the Secretary prays the Court to enter an order compelling the NCAA to comply with the Subpoena Duces Tecum served upon it, assessing the costs of this action against the NCAA, and awarding all other relief permitted by law.

Translation: the NCAA won’t assist in enforcing a law that it played a pivotal role in enacting.

It’s one thing for a state-funded institution to block the media from accessing documents that are required by law to be made available to the public.

It’s quite another for the governing agency of those same state-funded institutions, the NCAA, to block the enforcement of a law that the governing agency itself helped create.

NCAA hide documents from North Carolina law enforcement to save UNC, Itself?

Wonder how the United States Federal Government, which provides that same governing agency, the NCAA, with an anti-trust exemption, feels about the NCAA now officially holding itself above the law?

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UNC Defends Player Plagiarism To NCAA - Twice!

Last month North Carolina’s football program was hit by a NCAA Notice of Allegations (NOA PDF) detailing nine major violations. Among the violations cited by the NCAA against UNC was academic fraud committed by Michael McAdoo during 2008-09.

Dick Baddour Defends Football Player's Plagiarism To NCAA

(#opposite day)

McAdoo was one of seven Tar Heels initially ruled ineligible by the school on Sept. 3, 2010, for academic wrongdoing and receiving improper benefits. In the aftermath of that initial suspension, North Carolina formally appealed to the NCAA twice for McAdoo’s reinstatement, with each appeal including a personal plea by UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour.

But despite UNC repeatedly warring with the intercollegiate governing body over McAdoo’s academic status - and the University of North Carolina honor court clearing McAdoo last October to play for the Tar Heels in 2011 - the NCAA ruled McAdoo permanently ineligible on Jan. 27, 2011.

In response to that ruling, last Friday McAdoo filed a lawsuit in Durham Superior Court against the NCAA and UNC in a bid to have his football eligibility restored by the school. The NCAA acknowledged McAdoo’s lawsuit today, with a hearing for the case set for July 15 in Durham, North Carolina.

The heart of the NCAA’s case against McAdoo was a term paper the footaball player turned into a UNC African Studies class on July 13, 2009 titled, “The Evolution of Swahili Culture on the East Coast of Africa From 1AD to the Present.” (PDF - Page 127)

In twice upholding its permanent ban of McAdoo’s playing status, the NCAA confirmed that McAdoo received “impermissible assistance on multiple assignments across several academic terms” from tutor Jennifer Wiley while specifically citing Wiley for adding footnotes and a bibliography to McAdoo’s African Studies paper.

After North Carolina first suspended McAdoo on Sept. 3, 2010, the school appealed to the NCAA to have his eligibility restored in a Sept. 28, 2010, letter from North Carolina Athletic Director Dick Baddour. In his plea to the NCAA on behalf of McAdoo, Baddour wrote:

He (McAdoo) stated that the writing throughout all of these papers was his, aside from the minor corrections (described above), references, and citations that she (Tutor A, aka Wiley) would make.

After Baddour’s reinstatement request to the NCAA on behalf of McAdoo, on Oct. 14, 2010, the UNC honor court reinstated McAdoo’s football eligibility - at least from the school’s perspective - for the 2011 season.

The NCAA denied McAdoo’s intial appeal by UNC AD Baddour in late November, so the school once again appealed to have McAdoo’s eligibility restored during a December 14, 2010, conference call with NCAA officials.
During his reinstatement hearing with NCAA officials, McAdoo said of assistance he received on his African Studies term paper from Wiley:

“Uh, well, like I say, I’d, , uh, I guess we’re referring to the Swahili 402 paper and my, so I’m just gonna start by saying, I wasn’t assigned to that tutor at first. I had another tutor so i mean I worked on the paper but when, um when it got toward the end I sent her the paper or whatever and she reached out and I mean, just help like that.

“I just wanted her to look over my work. Check it for grammar, make sure my ideas made sense and check my citations so I would not be plagiarizing.”

Also during McAdoo’s hearing, Steve Keadey of the University of North Carolina Legal Counsel Office made the following remarks to NCAA officials:

“So what happened here was Michael completed his Swahili paper then he asked Jennifer for help with the citations and as I think you will hear he wanted help because he was worried about plagiarism; he knew that you have to cite ideas that are not yours.

“Michael was concerned about his academic responsibility. He was worried about plagiarism and is keeping faith with academic mission of his time in college.

This work reflects his ideas exclusively. It is not a rip off. This really is his work.”

Had Keadey taken less than a minute to google much of the text contained in McAdoo’s African Studies paper, he would’ve found that the exact opposite was true.

Michael McAdoo plagiarism

Beginning on page 126 of documents recently posted by the RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER, you can find the text of McAdoo’s entire African Studies paper. A quick, basic search of the text in McAdoo’s paper revealed that much of what was presented as the UNC football player’s work was instead copied and pasted word-for-word from other academic works previously posted on the web.

Now for the bizarre part: McAdoo’s paper cited the sources from which huge swaths of exact text were lifted.

In other words, McAdoo, tutor Wiley (and apparently Baddour, Keadey, other UNC officials and the UNC honor court) thought it was okay to plagiarize long passages from other academic works so long as they footnoted the source!

Below is three quick examples that took less than five minutes to find via Google.com. Read more…

UNC Tar Heel Coaches Worked Blue In Press Box

Thursday Tennessee pulled off a somewhat impossible loss to North Carolina after the Tar Heels turned a botched final drive into a 30-27 overtime victory.

(Blessed with an unlikely victory, Carolina coaches were less than gracious)

Considering the circumstances, you could perhaps understand obscenities emanating from inside the Volunteer locker room.

But an off-color mocking of the Tennessee fight song from press box-ensconced Carolina coaching staff members within earshot of the credentialed media? Hard to believe a coaching staff could be that classless, especially after the Tar Heels MVP was arguably the Big Ten officiating crew referee, Dennis Lipski.

But that’s exactly what AOL Fanhouse reporter Clay Travis reported took place after the game. Read more…

Butch in 1999: “I want to win, but not at all costs”

Here’s a quote about embattled Univ. of North Carolina football coach Butch Davis from one of his coaching colleagues:

John Blake and Butch Davis

“That program is direly in need of discipline. But that’s not Butch’s forte. Butch is so strong in so many areas, but that’s not his strength. He’s going to need help there. He’s never had to discipline.”

Former Dallas Cowboys assistant Joe Brodsky said that to the Miami Herald - in 1995.

Days earlier Davis had been hired by then-Univ. of Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee to clean up the Hurricanes football program after it’d been struck with NCAA sanctions following years of flouting NCAA rules. (Dee most recently headed the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions and oversaw the dismantling of the USC football program.)

While coach of the Hurricanes, Davis said in 1999 of his program, “I want to win, but not at all costs. I want to win with class and integrity.

Then there’s this ironic quip from Davis in 2000 as he discussed to the NEW YORK TIMES how he hired his own agent:

“I wanted someone whose integrity and honesty were above reproach. I wanted to make sure that we talked about facilities, that we talked about the assistant coaches’ salaries, that we talked about our academic support system.”

Less than a decade after resurrecting college football’s most notorious program, Davis is currently overseeing a team that may have committed the most egregious NCAA violations since SMU was given the death penalty in 1987.

Those violations, involving now-departed UNC assistant coach John Blake, were recently and meticulously detailed by Yahoo reporter Charles Robinson. The same Robinson who, along with reporter Jason Cole, broke the news of Reggie Bush’s astonishingly brazen impropriety while a football player at USC. Robinson’s reporting proved accurate and extensive enough for the NCAA to drop the hammer of the Trojan football program.

Now UNC’s Davis is staring down Robinson’s barrel, and from his comments in response to this week’s Yahoo revelations, he isn’t handling it well. Or worse. Read more…

UNC Head Coach’s Nanny Center Of NCAA Inquiry?

Bizarre developments at the Univ. of North Carolina today, where InsideCarolina.com first broke the news that the school is looking into allegations that a tutor wrote papers for up to nine North Carolina football players.

Butch Davis nanny wrote papers for UNC football players?

Officials from North Carolina uncovered the academic issues in their own review, pertaining to a tutor, and self-reported the findings to the NCAA. Sources report the various players involved were relegated to the scout team at practice on Wednesday.

Worse yet, Joe Schad reports Thursday afternoon that the “tutor” in question is actually the nanny of Tarheels head football coach Butch Davis.
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UNC Star: NCAA Probe Of Program Is ‘Good Thing’

Almost eight months into 2010, I can confirm that we now have the clubhouse leader for 2010 quote of the year. Reporter J.P. Giglio of the RALEIGH NEWS-OBSERVER does the honors:

(Where would he get such a wack idea? Read on…)

Despite the potential for Austin and Little to be suspended or lost for the season, junior defensive end Robert Quinn tried to find a positive in the investigation. He made the note that the NCAA had also been looking into agent dealings at Florida this month, in addition to the punishment handed down on USC.

“I was like, ‘Man, we’re in the category with Southern Cal and Florida,’ ” Quinn said. “Two big programs and North Carolina, so I guess with all this craziness going on, that’s a good thing. We must be doing something right.”

Before you guffaw and assume Quinn is a fool, Giglio has additional feedback from recruits the Tarheels are pursuing that may give a clue why Quinn said what he said.

Tim Scott, a cornerback from Stafford, Va., said he was told by UNC assistant coach Charlie Williams that the program’s bowl status would not be affected by the NCAA investigation. He also said that the players involved in the NCAA investigation would be affected, not the program. Read more…

Cleveland Browns Run Out Of Players To Honor

Wherever your fan allegiances lie, it’s hard not to feel bad for Cleveland Browns fans. It’s bad enough that their city has been in decline for decades, but no fan base deserves to have their team yanked out of town, especially when said team ends up spurning you for Baltimore. Sure, Cleveland ended up getting the Browns back (sort of), but the last 10 years have been a near-constant kick to the nuts for fans of the brown & orange.

Brady Quinn Cleveland Browns Blizzard

(Hall of Famer…by default?)

One constant that Browns fans have always been able to cling to throughout all the Tim Couches and Butch Davises has been the past. The Browns had an illustrious history up through the 1980s, and to the team’s credit, they created a team Hall of Fame to recognize the team’s glory days and distract fans from the crapfest on the field. Well, they had a team Hall of Fame, anyways: the team has decided to put the “Browns Legends” on hiatus for at least this year. Classy move, Cleveland.

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Tar Heels Frightened To Face Appalachian State

If a state-run school in North Carolina has a college football team and is a member of the ACC, they are almost required to throw a little love to the other state-run, yet lesser known, institutions. It’s what NC State did by bringing Appalachian State into Carter-Finley Stadium a few years ago and taking care of business.

Butch Davis Concerned

But the powder-blue boys of Chapel Hill and head coach Butch Davis apparently want nothing to do with the upstart Mountaineers (who just create college football grudges). According to the GREENVILLE NEWS CHIEF (via 850 THE BUZZ), the Heels are refusing to play their fellow Carolinians.

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