Cunningham: Never admitted someone we didn't think could do the work
Posted July 17, 2014
From education and cost of attendance to transfer rules to pay-for-play models, no question was off limits for University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Bubba Cunningham, Duke University’s Dr. Kevin White, North Carolina State University’s Debbie Yow and North Carolina Central University’s Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree at a Fan Town Hall hosted by 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio Thursday.
Here are some quotes from UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham:
"If I think about two things that are most important in college athletics today, to me they're very very simple, it's education. Are we providing education to the students we invite to participate and are we maximizing the opportunities for students to participate in sports and attend college."
"I worry about autonomy decreasing opportunities for kids to go to college and play sports, that's what concerns me about it."
"I would favor something to do with cost of attendance if it was on need basis because if students have significant financial need I think that's where we should be trying to go, trying to meet those needs. The more we go down this professional model and get away from the collegiate model of 'pay for play' I think we're going to reduce opportunities whether it's by choice or legislation."
"If you want to be a professional. Be a professional. That is a very good option. The option here room, board, books, tuition and fees, the cost of attendance, the opportunity fund, we have Pell grants and you're going to get a great education. That's what we offer and if there's something better than I would love to have you do it."
"We give you something that's yours you own it... I think in the beginning the principles were pretty solid, to say we're trying to be equitable we're giving you this stuff for use. It's not for sale and then when you sell it you've stepped across a line but maybe we should reevaluate that."
"That's why you have the entertainment, to fund what you're doing to create these opportunities for kids to go to college."
"I've never worked at a school that admitted somebody that we didn't think could do the work. I don't want anyone to think that athletics is driving some sort of admissions process, we don't do that."
"We're looking at every single process that touches a student-athletes life beginning with recruiting, going through graduation. We want to restore the confidence in the University of North Carolina in the recruiting process, the admissions process, the advising process to ensure that we're admitting students that can do the work, that we have a track that they can be successful with and that we can advise them appropriately with what they want to do in life."