RE: Former UNC chancellor: 'I would dismantle the NCAA'^ "Marvin Austin was given a scholarship for his academic enhancement"
Oct 7, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. — When University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp fired coach Butch Davis in July, he said it was because what started as an athletic problem spilled over into academics.
The school is amid a year-long NCAA investigation.
But many are questioning the association's power, including former UNC Chancellor James Moeser.
“If I could be God, I would dismantle the NCAA. I think the time has come for federal intervention,” Moeser said during an interview with WCHL radio on Thursday. “This is a train that is at some point going to run off the tracks. I don’t think it is a sustainable model.”
Moeser isn’t alone in his opinion that there needs to be a change with the NCAA.
“I would agree that it is pretty weak,” UNC senior Jonathan Herrera said. “I think it’s out of touch with the realities of being a scholarship athlete or even a non-scholarship athlete.”
Bill Friday, who was president of the UNC System for 30 years, said the NCAA cannot be removed without having something to take its place. He admitted that he nor others have the answer just yet.
“I think that money interest has gotten such a control over the universities and athletics that no one is in charge,” Friday said.
Friday said he knows distinguished professors who make tens of thousands of dollars less than assistant athletic coaches and says the draw of money through athletics is allowing sports to overshadow academics, which should be the main focus of any institution.
“I think that Carolina as a university is known for its academics,” UNC junior Colleen Day said. “We also have good athletics, and I think they work really well together to create an awesome university experience.”
For now, academics and athletics remain tied together at universities, but academic leaders say there needs to be a better balance of power.
Moeser said Thursday that college athletes should be better compensated, but he does not think they should be directly paid to play.
UNC is set to meet with the NCAA about its infractions and the football investigation Oct. 28.
Oh right unc 70. You have been the only one to even mention the esteemed Moeser on here. He did indeed hire Davis and Blake under his watch. Why they hired him is a huge question. But, to come out and state what he stated if he was God...If... He shouldn't have been allowed to even voice this mess. Just another way to blow up another story for WRAL. It's getting kinda cheap in way too many these days.The more I think about this, the more frustrated and angry I become. At this time,Moeser should be saying nothing more than "No comment. Inappropriate to discuss further at this time.". Remember that he was in charge as chancellor in Chapel Hill for the great majority of the period under investigation, including the hiring of Davis, Blake, etc.- Posted by unc70
While I initially had hopes of his commitment to academics and intellectual freedom based on his liberal arts education and degrees in music, I was concerned even then of the risks to Carolina and to the greater UNC system by having neither President Broad nor either of the chancellors at State and Carolina having had any prior connections with any of the UNC campuses or even with NC in any other way.
I appreciate the need for new perspectives, new ideas, and leadership drawn from new groups. But suddenly having new leadership unfamiliar with the UNC system or with NC more generally, taking the three most important positions in NC higher education (UNC President, chancellors at Carolina and at State), was ill advised if not downright stupid.
Neither Moeser not Butch Davis had any context for the Carolina Way or even Carolina and Chapel Hill, barely having visited before taking leadership positions. Most of the problems in Chapel Hill happened on Moeser's watch, under those he hired including Davis and Blake.
One way to stray from the Carolina Way is to be lead by those unfamiliar with the path and where it leads.
Neither Moeser nor Dav
Ken D. You hit the nail on the head in your first paragraph. That's all I needed to read. State can't say much about that stat.- Posted by Ken D.- Posted by TruthBKnown Left The BuildingPersonally, I would dismantle unc and replace it with a distinguished academic institution with some measure of honor, integrity, and scholarship.- Posted by junkmail7276
That's already been done. It's been in Raleigh for over 100 years.
I understand your obsession with and hatred of all things UNC, but it's hard to claim the high ground when it comes to academics when State ranks at the very bottom of the ACC in that category.
How about addressing the subject of the story - do you think the BCS schools should consider replacing the NCAA with a different model?