For the first time since its release last Wednesday, NCAA president Mike Emmert addressed the investigation that revealed a culture of academic fraud at UNC.
Although he gave no indication of potential punishment college sports’ governing body may hand down, he did call the results of the investigation shocking.
“Just based on the (Kenneth) Wainstein report, this is a case that potentially strikes at the heart of what higher education is about,” Emmert said Monday. “Universities are supposed to take absolutely most seriously the education of their students, right? I mean that’s why they exist, that’s their function in life. If the Wainstein report is accurate, then there was severe, severe compromising of all those issues, so it’s deeply troubling. … It’s absolutely disturbing that we find ourselves here right now.”
“When you look at what we all know today, the Wainstein report, and just based upon that,” Emmert said, “you look at the, I look at these facts, like everyone, and I find them shocking.”
Now, it’s just playing a game of wait and see for Carolina. Will the NCAA deliver the hammer, making the Tar Heels an example for other schools? The potential implications are frightening for Tar Heel faithful.