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UNC Class on Big Time College Sports Will Be Offered This Spring

September 20, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will offer a history course called Big Time College Sports and Rights of Athletes, 1956 to the Present next year, The News & Observer reported. Jay Smith, a professor of history who was to teach the class again this year for a third time, said in June that it had been cancelled because administrators feared “blowback” over it

The course discusses the major UNC “paper classes” scandal involving student athletes, as it’s based in part on Smith’s 2015 co-authored book about the case. He filed a grievance alleging a violation of his academic freedom in July, according to the News & Observer, and was notified two weeks later that he could again teach the class in the spring. He participated in a hearing before a faculty panel on the matter earlier this month and is awaiting the results. 


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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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