Former Fort Dorchester standout Robert Quinn is one of the North Carolina football players that are being accused of getting coursework done by a tutor. He’s one of nine Tar Heel players that were moved to the scout team Thursday.
To say it is starting to get messy in Chapel Hill would be a major understatement. This all started when defensive tackle Marvin Austin was linked to a sports agent, which led to the NCAA sniffing around. Coincidentally, Austin is also one of the guys being investigated for the academic issues too. Go figure
Tar Heels coach Butch Davis could end up in some hot water too. Apparently the tutor being accused of doing coursework for the players is his nanny. Apparently changing diapers AND writing term papers are part of being an au pair in Chapel Hill.
Davis, of course, is saying he will do anything in his power to help the investigation and is giving the prototypical line about the integrity of the school and all that jazz. Maybe that will end up flying, but if these allegations are as true as they appear, I don’t see Davis making it out of this with his job.
University’s tend to be more lenient when violations are limited to just athletics. When academics get involved the integrity of the entire university is compromised. In case you haven’t noticed, they have a pretty high sense of self worth about their academics at UNC. These academic types will want someone’s head to roll if players were indeed cheating in the classroom.
Davis has another factor working against him: He’s not the basketball coach. This football investigation obviously makes the entire UNC athletic program look bad. That basketball team has not been implicated for any wrongdoing, but it indirectly takes a hit for the football team’s transgressions. That, no doubt, irks more than a few Tar Heel fans.
In case you haven’t noticed, they have a pretty high sense of self worth about their hoops team at UNC.
Good luck, Butch. You are going to need it.