UNC athletics teams have drafted a new teammate — a faculty member who will oversee their academic advising.
In an effort to link athletics with academics, members of the Faculty Athletics Committee are being paired with the University’s athletic teams to gain an understanding of how they function.
The committee met Tuesday to discuss the progress of these partnerships.
The faculty-team pairings are meant to fulfill the committee’s catch phrase of acting as a bond — not a bridge — between academics and athletics, said Joy Renner, the committee’s chairwoman.
Lissa Broome, a law professor who was assigned to the football team, learned that the team no longer has Monday practices in order to allow the players to dedicate more time to their studies.
The time that would be spent in practice is used by athletes to attend science labs and volunteer, Broome said.
Chancellor Holden Thorp also spoke at the meeting.
“The purpose of this committee is to collect responses in order to take care of athletes on campus,” he said.
Renner said there are resources available to help athletes — but there need to be more.