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Sports Twitter is Irate the NCAA Didn’t Punish North Carolina After Years-Long Academic Probe

After a years-long probe into an academic scandal at the University of North Carolina — in which hundreds of student athletes registered for sham courses and received phony high grades — the NCAA announced Friday that the school would not be punished.

“While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called ‘paper courses’ offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes,” said Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference — who headed an NCAA panel looking into the scandal.

Essentially, the NCAA concluded that there probably were sham courses at the school, but they weren’t exclusively for athletes. And so even though athletes “likely benefited,” the NCAA opted not to punish the university

The ruling has been met with widespread outrage from fans and journalists. Pat Forde of Yahoo wrote, “The governing body of college sports is useless when it comes to policing itself. Mall cops think the NCAA is soft on crime.”

Here’s some more of the largely irate reaction from sports Twitter:

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