CBS - Over the weekend, Dan Kane of the Raleigh News & Observer wrote an article entitled “UNC reluctant to dig deeper on scandal.” In that article, Kane mentions a “test transcript” on UNC’s website that the university claims is a made-up transcript, but which, as Kane writes, bears a remarkable resemblance to that of an athlete. It turns out, the resemblance is more than coincidental: the transcript in question is actually appears to be that of current Chicago Bears star Julius Peppers. Members of the message board community PackPride.com discovered remarkable similarities between Peppers academic career and the fake academic career of “Test One Jones.”
The similarities could be dismissed as incredibly coincidental. However one of the pages currently indexed on UNC’s website features an entire college career’s transcript under the heading “Grade Summary for Peppers, Julius Frazier.” The grades for Peppers are nearly identical, semester-by-semester, with those of Test One Jones, the made-up transcript. It is also possible that the transcript in question is not that of Julius Peppers. However, an ESPN article by Tom Friend on Peppers and then academic advisor (and now agent) Carl Carey details Peppers struggles in a specific class — Drama 15 — during the first semester of his freshman year. That class is accurately reflected on the transcript displayed. This transcript is particularly interesting because of the number of “Independent Study” courses in Afro-American Studies Peppers, who played at UNC from 1999 to 2001, attended. The university previously investigated 54 similar classes, which took place from 2007 to 2011, for academic fraud and determined that said classes were “aberrant.”
Couple of things we learned about Julius Peppers: dude loves black people, and fucking sucks at learning about them. Seriously I know when you’re a world class stud athlete school doesn’t mean shit but let’s at least have a little tiny bit of pride. Big A in Elementary Phys Ed Methods though. That’s for sure. Nothing to break up a string of D+’s in “The Black Experience” like a solid A in pullups and capture the flag.
Anyway you got to be a kind of pissed about this if you’re Peppers huh? I mean you’re rich. Famous. Nobody expects you to be Albert Einstein in shoulder pads or something. But still not really a good look to get your private transcripts put on blast by your school especially when you’re rocking a cool C in “Basic Writing” and like 18 F’s. Not a good look at all. I’d probably strap my helmet on and blindside sack everybody in admissions across campus if it were me.