Knight Commission Co-Founder William Friday Laments State of College Athletics

The Washington Post recently reported about their interview with William Friday, co-founder of the Knight Commission and former President of the University System of North Carolina.

“William Friday has seen the best and worst of college sports in a lifetime devoted to higher education.

But at 92, he never thought he would live to see the scandals that have unfolded in his own backyard, at North Carolina, the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina system that he ran for 30 years.

In the past two years, football coach Butch Davis has been fired and North Carolina’s athletic director forced to step down because of improper activity by agents. NCAA sanctions followed. Then came reports of academic fraud, in which a disproportionate number of football players stayed eligible by earning good grades in classes that never met. And last month, Chancellor Holden Thorp announced he’ll resign at the end of the school year as a result of a scandal involving a university fundraiser and the mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, who was given a fundraising job with the chancellor’s blessing.

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