Alone among all the schools in the 2014 NCAA tournament, UNC lost twice in recent weeks: once to Iowa State in the round of 32, and once in the eyes of the public when a terrible paper purportedly written by an athlete apparently received an A-minus. The news earned UNC plenty of derision for rewarding such gross incompetence.
Turns out that the truth is slightly more complex, though the story itself remains the same.
Mary Willingham, a UNC learning specialist who exposed the paper, used it in an ESPN documentary as part of an overall example about academic problems at North Carolina. The editing of the documentary made it appear that the paper itself received the A grade, a fact which many news outlets, including Yahoo Sports, reported. However, the paper was actually part of an overall class in which the student earned an A-. Willingham took to Twitter to correct the misperception:Read More »from Terrible UNC paper: there's more to the story, but does that matter?