Full video: 'Big-time college sports' panel

Taylor Branch, William Friday and Charles Clotfelter address amateurism, payment of student-athletes and the NCAA

Feb. 28, 2012 7:56 pm

Three panelists discussed big-time college sports and some of the issues that occur at the intersection of athletic competition in an academic setting.

“It’s what we call the arms race in college sports that has now cased all of this consternation,” William Friday, one of the panelists, said during the discussion.

Friday was joined on the panel by Taylor Branch and Charles Clotfelter, and moderator Will Blythe.

A panel discussion with:

  • Taylor Branch: Journalist, historian and author of The Cartel: Inside the rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA and The Atlantic Magazine article The Shame of College Sports
  • William C. Friday: UNC system president emeritus and founding co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Charles T. Clotfelter: Duke University professor and author of Big-Time Sports in American Universities
  • Moderated by journalist Will Blythe: author of To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever

The three panelists discussed big-time college sports and some of the issues that occur at the intersection of athletic competition in an academic setting.

Some of these issues are still fresh on fresh on the minds of North Carolina students, faculty and fans. The NCAA has still not ruled on its investigation of the Tar Heel football team that began in July 2010, and stands with the University self-imposing sanctions in response to allegations that student-athletes received impermissible benefits from agents and cheated in some classes.

John Shoop, former UNC football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, chimed in with some questions of his about how the University should have advocated for the student-athletes during the NCAA investigation. Shoop begins with the second question in the video:

Reesenews reporter Eric Pait contributed reporting.

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