Uttered by the coach whilst whining about “this junk,” referring to the academic scandal at the university that resulted in 3,000 students getting credit for coursework in classes that never met (and nearly half of the students were student-athletes, mostly football and basketball players). “This junk” went on for 18 years, and the coach seems surprised that it has affected UNC’s reputation and ability to recruit. Well, ethical lapses do that. Ask Wells Fargo what has happened to its ability to recruit new customers. Ask BP about its inability to drill when it was banished from federal contracts. Ask the former Arthur Andersen employees how hard it was for them to get work after their firm collapsed.
Until the term turns from “this junk” to “serious issues involving academic integrity,” UNC cannot move beyond the taint. The first step, in the grand and healing philosophy of AA, is admitting that you have a problem.
Hat tip to USA Today today, April 3, 2017, p. 1C for the quote. Nancy Armour, “Carolina Blue Has a Black Mark.”