Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two more UNC football players talk about academic fraud on HBO, ESPN

by Dan Kane, Charlotte Observer, March 26, 2014.

Two more football players said in national cable TV reports Tuesday that UNC-Chapel Hill’s tutoring program for athletes steered them to suspect classes to help keep them eligible to play sports.

Deunta Williams, a former defensive back, said he and other football players took no-show classes within the African studies department that were advertised as lecture-style classes but actually never met and only required a paper at the end. Grades were typically good. Bryon Bishop said he was steered to African studies when he showed up at the university because it had plenty of easy classes.

Williams spoke on ESPN’s Outside The Lines program Tuesday afternoon, while Bishop is featured in an HBO Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel report that aired Tuesday at 10 p.m. Michael McAdoo, another former UNC football player who previously spoke to The News & Observer and The New York Times about the classes, is also on the HBO report.

Williams has given numerous interviews since he received a four-game suspension during the NCAA’s investigation into improper financial benefits from agents and others nearly four years ago. While he’s been critical of other ways in which athletic demands impeded academic opportunities for athletes, this is the first time he has acknowledged being in the no-show classes.