TO THE EDITOR:
As a UNC alumnus proud of his Carolina connections, I am appalled by the abuse of oversight and integrity involved in the recruitment of unqualified “student athletes,” and equally appalled by the failure of university administrators to confront the matter seriously.
That failure seems to mock the memory of the late Bill Friday, who stood so long for genuine amateurism in college sports and, more, for a drastic reform of higher education’s growing enslavement to profiteering TV networks and professional teams.
An age ago — in the 1950s — we at the Daily Tar Heel embraced the ideal that Bill Friday exemplified; and the cause is even more urgent now that incontinent television profits have been stirred into the witch’s brew.
Whatever may be the accuracy of Ms. Willingham’s allegations regarding player literacy (and their credibility is enhanced by the refusal of the UNC athletic establishment to examine or weigh her evidence), they are merely another symptom of the abuse of the educational values a great university should represent and defend.