At a meeting Tuesday of the Faculty Athletics Committee, professors, administrators and athletics officials outlined the safeguards established to prevent misconduct between UNC athletes and those who provide academic support.
“It’s a fine line between scaring the hell out of them and actually being able to show them how to work with a student athlete,” said Robert Mercer, director of academic support for student athletes, about the training of tutors and mentors.
In light of the recent NCAA investigation, the explanation of training for mentors and tutors took precedence. And officials from across the University provided their insights.
“Obviously we’ve had an eventful couple of months in athletics,” said Chancellor Holden Thorp, who briefly attended the meeting. “We found out about a former tutor who helped some of our football players perhaps more than would be appropriate.”
Thorp said the University has created a group to examine the alleged infringements by football players.
“Women’s soccer and field hockey are doing fantastic,” Thorp added, garnering a chuckle from the rest of the committee.
Athletics director Dick Baddour acknowledged that some people want the allegations dealt with quickly, but he said the University will not sacrifice thoroughness for speed.
“We get questions about how quickly you can move,” Baddour said. “You have to balance that with doing a thorough job. The integrity of the University is paramount.”
Baddour reiterated that the University is investigating both academic misconduct and improper relationships with agents with regard to some football players. Thirteen players did not play against Louisiana State University last Saturday because they were either ruled ineligible to play or were withheld pending further review by UNC.