Why North Carolina should shut down football


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North Carolina is currently ranked number 10 in the nation for football. They play Clemson on Saturday in the ACC(Atlantic Coastal Conference) Championship game. They have only lost once this season to South Carolina.

Joshua Patterson, opinion columnist

As the college football playoff approaches, the North Carolina Tar Heels has shoot up the rankings and even positioned themselves for a miracle playoff run, if they beat the number one Clemson Tigers.

None of that should matter.

While this team makes the run there are heavy questions surrounding the program, especially how they allegedly placed football players into African American History paper classes to try and make them academically eligible for football the following fall.

Then while in the paper classes, athletes would either have the papers written for them or the grades on the papers changed so that they would get A’s in those classes, boosting up sub-par GPAs to the point that they would be academically eligible.

The NCAA is currently investigating North Carolina, but this is not even the first time someone at the school has been caught cheating. In 2010, Michael McAdoo was kicked off the team because of receiving coursework done for him by a team provided tutor.

The institution has claimed after the fact,that they were unaware of the scandal and were shocked that it could have happened here. They also have repeatedly told the NCAA that they would try and change the culture or attitude.

This is why the UNC football team should be suspended.

This blatant and consistent cheating is what got schools like Miami University and Southern-Methodist University in trouble. Both schools were hit with heavy sanctions that set the program back years, and SMU’s team was even suspended for a year.

North Carolina has proven that they cannot fix their own problem. So, the NCAA should fix it for them. Stop feigning ignorance and take responsibility for the mistakes you made and change as a program and stop hiding behind the athletes as a shield for your own mistakes.