Thursday, July 20, 2006

Profiles in Courage

James Gundlach, the professor who went to the New York Times with evidence of academic misconduct at Auburn, has been contacted by the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, which has been researching the tax-exempt status of intercollegiate athletics. Of course, this shouldn't conflict with the committee's other pet project, which is researching new ways for members to get re-elected. All in all, it's a good time to throw a little gas on the old fire, wouldn't you say? ... The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Auburn's accrediting body, also wants to know more, and we presume it has nothing to do with how Tommy Tuberville's troops are looking as they get ready to crank it up this fall. Despite the latest round of shenanigans, we do applaud Gundlach for coming forward. Needless to say, it takes big brass ones, and his life will never be the same. Just look at what happened to Linda Bensel-Meyers, who blew the whistle seven years ago on Tennessee. Bensel-Meyers, who was the director of the freshman English program at Tennessee, charged the institution and athletics department with academic fraud. After being spat on by Volunteer fans, she wisely relocated to Colorado. But troubles have followed. Her marriage is over, bills are piling up and her health is in decline. "I hope he's strong," Bensel-Meyers says of Gundlach (registration).

1 comment:

Cool Hand Mike said...

As much as I(Bama fan)would love to see Auburn knocked down a few pegs, nothing is going to come from the academic part of this. The NCAA only cares if you cheat to GET the student/athlete in school. They do not care what you do to KEEP the student/athlete in school.