As you all are probably aware of now, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a scathing report on the University of Texas men’s basketball team that alleged academic misconduct under the watch of former head coach Rick Barnes.
Fortunately, some Longhorns fans can breathe a little easier as the report makes no mention of the university’s football team, with Mack Brown and Charlie Strong not suggested of engaging in similar practices.
The main focus of the report, penned by Brad Wolverton, is former Texas player Montez Walker, now enrolled at Oakland, who allegedly cheated on a math exam.
Former players P.J. Tucker and J’Covan Brown were also mentioned.
However, the report does mention one Randa Ryan, whose title is described as “executive senior associate athletic director of student services,” and Ryan supposedly encouraged both football and basketball players to major in elective-heavy subjects and take classes with light work. It kind of sounds like what’s going on at the University of North Carolina.
If that’s the case, Texas basketball could find itself in deep trouble.
But thankfully the football program, at least at this point, isn’t in the line of fire and Strong can look forward to improving upon his first season, in which he went 6-7 (5-4 Big 12) and lost to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.
The basketball team, on the other hand, has some badly-timed negative publicity despite the fact that Barnes was fired after yet another early exit from the NCAA Tournament. The university made a high-profile hire in former Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart and the last thing Smart needs is to try and turn around a program that is about to be mired in sanctions.
This story is still developing, but Campus Sports will update it as more details become available.
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