Julius Peppers ought to sue North Carolina for carelessly allowing his transcript to become public. (If, as most of us assume, it is his transcript.)
But Peppers shouldn't sue the school for failing to provide a college education. He and the Tar Heels cut a deal long before he became a college athlete.
The deal: You're the best high school athlete in the state. We, North Carolina, would love you, Julius, to represent us on the field and the basketball court. And if you want to be a student, that's fine, too.
Meanwhile, we'll hide you in African Studies and Afro-American Studies. We're taking orders now. You want A's or B's?
Most large schools have programs in which they stash athletes, and some small schools do, too.
It's as foolish to believe that every athlete can cut it academically as it is to believe that every non-athlete can. The difference is that most non-athletes can't get past admissions.
That other schools do it in no way excuses North Carolina. The sleaze that encompasses the football program is such that when visitors get home they want to shower twice.
North Carolina has so many problems it's as if it collects them.When did the scandals begin, and how deep do they go?
Some fans defend the school, blame the media, contend the transgressions are all minor. Besides, they claim, everybody does it, especially N.C. State. Many of these fans have never been in Chapel Hill.
I respect the fans who, while passionate about their school's athletics, did not go to North Carolina to watch games.
I respect the alumni who value their degrees, understand that the ongoing scandal cheapens them and hope to find a reason to again be proud of their school.