A new report from The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that some former Texas basketball players improperly received help to keep their grades up. The allegations are said to have occurred under former-coach Rick Barnes’ watch, and were purported to be going on for years.
Texas, as a result, has contacted the NCAA saying they are investigating the matter. The school issued a statement on Wednesday: (h/t Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com):
“Academic integrity is at the core of the University of Texas,” the statement reads. “Our student-athletes’ academic progress rates are among the best in the nation. And we continually seek to foster an ethical culture that reduces the risk of wrongdoing, manages our internal controls, and responds to inappropriate conduct.”
The school also says they have “no information that suggests” Barnes, who is now coaching at Tennessee, willingly allowed this to happen under his watch.
Brad Wolverton’s story in The Chronicle for Higher Education indicates former players Martez Walker J’Covan Brown and P.J. Tucker were assisted in passing classes from the help of aides, and some used cell phones to cheat on tests.
All this comes on the heels of North Carolina releasing their notice of allegations last week concerning their own academic fraud scandal. Texas is now coached by Shaka Smart, who was hired back in April to replace Barnes.