The Wainstein Report:
These are tweets from various reporters during the presentation.
The suspect classes lasted a total of 18 years (1993-2011). Involved more than 3,000 students, nearly half of which (47 percent) were athletes. Irregularities peaked about 10 years ago and ended in 2011.
Wainstein says,”The story is really centered around Deborah Crowder,” Bogus classes were pushed by academic counselors. Crowder set this up in 1993. Did it for six years, then added a wrinkle in ’99, when she turned lecture classes into no-shows.
AFAM paper classes lasted 20 years due to Crowder hiding her efforts and a “significant lack of oversight.”
During the Dean Smith era (1961-1997), there were 54 basketball player enrollments in AFAM independent studies. ..In the three years of Coach Bill Guthridge’s tenure (1997-2000) there were 17 basketball enrollments in paper classes. ..42 enrollments in paper classes under Coach Matt Doherty (2000-2003) and 167 under Coach Roy Williams (2003-present).
PAGE 48 of report. Men’s Basketball: There were 226 enrollments of men’s basketball players in the paper classes between 1999 and 2009. We spoke with 12 men’s basketball players who had knowledge of or took the classes. As with the football players, it was common knowledge among their teammates
that these classes required little work for high grades. Unlike the football players, however, the basketball players seemed to find their way to these classes through a variety of routes. While the ASPSA basketball counselor –McSwain and then Walden – would occasionally suggest these classes, they did not routinely steer players into the classes without the players’ knowledge. More often than
not, the basketball players found these classes either through referrals from their teammates –“locker room advising” – or via their direct relationship with Crowder, who always maintained close ties among the basketball team. Moreover, unlike the football players who largely conceded that
these classes held little educational value, several of the basketball players insisted that they read extensively and worked hard to produce their papers for these classes.
Wainstein says investigators “found knowledge and complicity” of paper classes among athletic academic counselors/tutors. Academic counselors for football team encouraged players to take Crowder’s paper classes while they could, before her retirement.
Wainstein said that McCants never agreed to interview, before or after ESPN story. “There is no evidence to support his allegations.”
In basketball, Wainstein interviewed Doherty and Roy. Doherty said he understood AFAM classes were popular, knew they were easy. Wainstein says Roy had “discomfort” about his players clustering in the AFAM dept. Roy told Joe Holladay to make sure no steering was happening.
Jan Boxill, a faculty member who served as a counselor for the UNC women’s basketball program, was directly involved in sending students’ work for the classes, and went so far as to suggest the grades her players should receive.
Chancellor Folt says UNC immediately shared copies of report with the NCAA. Nine employees will be disciplined or fired as a result of #UNC academic/athletic scandal.