"The UNC Scandal: Managing Expectations and Allegations"

A fine column in the Georgetown student newspaper.

Because of the stark difference in opinion regarding possible penalties, I think it’s safe to say that no one knows what the NCAA will do.

If UNC basketball were to get the death penalty, it would certainly unseat SMU as the most notable case ever. I don’t think the Tar Heels will receive the death penalty, however, even though they may deserve it. The NCAA seems to be very gun-shy and unwilling to impose the death penalty, most recently with Penn State football, and this situation is so much more complex than any other. Because the misconduct was done under an academic department and was not limited to a single sport, the NCAA will either have to penalize all of UNC’s sports teams whose players took the illegitimate classes, or penalize none of them.