Here’s a really interesting article about the AFAM scandal and possible NCAA sanctions. Everyone knows the NCAA is almost never consistent with its punishment (or lack of punishment). The organization can also do pretty much whatever it wants. It is God. But here’s something I never considered, as pointed out by this article. The NCAA may have waited too long to impose any penalty.
First, pursuant to Section 19.5.11 of the NCAA Division I Compliance Manual, there is a statute of limitations of four years, which necessarily requires that any alleged violation continue into the 2010 season. Unfortunately for all those cheering for North Carolina’s demise, zero basketball players have majored in African American Studies since 2010. ZERO. In 2009, the year Wayne Waldon and Deb Crowder left the employ of the university, only one North Carolina basketball player majored in African American Studies. The NCAA has blown the statute of limitations, and any punishment it seeks is now untimely.
Also, for better or worse, basketball players stopped majoring in AFAM even before news of the scandal broke.
Second, there is concrete evidence of institutional control. The records are clear: 10 basketball players majored in African American Studies in 2005, one majored in African American Studies in 2009 and zero majored in African American Studies from 2010 until present. If North Carolina truly lacked institutional control over its basketball program, there would not be such a sharp decline.
You might argue this is because Crowder left the university, but the fact remains: If the NCAA does follow its own rules, it’s going to have trouble penalizing anyone on the basketball team, especially going all the way back to 2005.