North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach Roy Williams hit back at Maryland President Wallace Loh, who argued the NCAA could potentially give North Carolina the "death penalty" following its academic scandal.
Williams criticized Loh's comments in an interview on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (via CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander): "And then we have a president that says we should get the death penalty. A president of another university. I mean, to me, that's just so silly. A guy told me one time, 'You can get a little knowledge and it turns you into an idiot, but no knowledge, you're a double idiot.' And that's about the way I look at that thing."
Loh mentioned the "death penalty" during a University of Maryland senate meeting last Thursday. The News & Observer's Andrew Carter obtained audio of Loh's comments during the meeting:
As president I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes. One of them is an athletic scandal. It blows up, it blows up the university, its reputation, it blows up the president. For the things that happened in North Carolina, it's abysmal. I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I'm not in charge of that.
Loh was alluding to the ongoing NCAA investigation into claims that North Carolina directed student-athletes to take "paper classes" with the express purpose of keeping them eligible to play their respective sport. The academic fraud is alleged to have unfolded from 1993 to 2011.
The NCAA provided North Carolina a third notice of violations last December. Carter reported March 15 that North Carolina hadn't responded to the notice in the required 90-day period. A school spokeswoman said the university was "awaiting guidance from the committee on infractions on a new schedule."
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