Posted by Adam Jacobi
It's a rather precarious situation in Chapel Hill these days. UNC coach Butch Davis is under heavy fire for allegations of academic impropriety, evidence of which was uncovered while the NCAA investigated a separate issue: whether some Tar Heels had received improper benefits from agents. Not good.
The academic allegations just came down last week, and now as many as a dozen unnamed players are in limbo as the school awaits the results of NCAA investigations. The NCAA doesn't have long--the Tar Heels' season starts on Saturday against No. 21 LSU, so every second that UNC can get with the final verdict known helps their preparation for the game.
Thus, shouldn't North Carolina take the precautionary step of indefinitely suspending every athlete involved until they're cleared (or, y'know, not) by the NCAA? Yes, in some sense, that's a presumption of guilt before innocence, but that's the position the school's basically forced to take. After all, if the Tar Heels win but use even one guy who's found to be ineligible, that game's getting forfeited--and make no mistake, the NCAA will likely not be in the mood to grant UNC the luxury of merely "vacating" the win.
So why not prepare like they're all shelved and make a public stand in defense of your academic department's integrity? Granted, "UNC and academic impropriety" is a bell that's not getting unrung, but the redemption's got to start sometime--it might as well be as soon as possible.