Maryland president: I would think North Carolina will get death penalty
Maryland made the move to the B1G three years ago, but apparently, the Terps are still weighing in on ACC developments.
Maryland president Wallace Loh shared a strong stance on what he thinks will happen to the University of North Carolina as a result of its academic fraud scandal. Loh said during the school’s senate meeting that “would think” that UNC would get the death penalty.
The Raleigh News & Observer was made aware of Loh’s comment:
An individual who identified himself as a member of the University of Maryland faculty asked Loh how he could be certain that the university is “protected from the corrupting influence of athletics.” In response, Loh made an unprompted reference to UNC.
“As president I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes,” Loh said. “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.”
UNC is a week removed from winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. That occurred after the athletic department received three NCAA Notice of Allegations. Still, no punishment has been decided yet.
Loh’s comments stemmed from the NCAA finding out that UNC had classes in the African and Afro-American Studies department that were designed partially to boost the grade point averages of student-athletes.
It’s unclear if Loh was referring to the football team in regards to it receiving the death penalty. UNC football did receive a postseason ban in 2012 and forfeit 15 scholarships as a result of NCAA violations.
No football team received the death penalty from the NCAA after SMU in 1987.
Maryland does not have any future football series scheduled with UNC. It doesn’t appear that will change anytime soon.