by Abraham Jaroszewski
Recent allegations have raised new questions about the academic credibility of student-athletes on campus — this time with basketball players.
The News and Observer reported this week that some classes in the Department of Naval Science attracted a disproportionate number of athletes. The paper says that one class from the spring of 2007- Naval Weapons Systems– had 38 students, 30 of whom were athletes. Six of those athletes were basketball players– including Tyler Hansborough and Bobby Frasor.
This comes after football players were found to have taken African-American studies classes in disproportionate numbers and in some cases, earned unusually high grades. All this means UNC will receive even more scrutiny. Reporter Abraham Jaroszewski spoke with two prominent columnists to put UNC’s problems into national perspective.