University president's 'death penalty' comment raises eyebrows at UNC

University of Maryland president Wallace Loh says he "would think" an NCAA probe would lead to the "death penalty" at North Carolina.

A prominent university president says the NCAA should use its so-called "death penalty" on North Carolina's athletic department as a result of the school's academic scandal.

“As president I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes,” Maryland president Wallace Loh said at an on-campus meeting last week (via the News & Observer). “One of them is an athletic scandal. It blows up, it blows up the university, its reputation, it blows up the president.

“For the things that happened in North Carolina, it’s abysmal. I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I’m not in charge of that.”

Loh's comment was in response to a question about corruption in college athletics during a University of Maryland faculty senate meeting last week.

The NCAA's investigation is ongoing after being re-opened in 2014. The academic fraud probe encompasses multiple sports, including football and men's basketball.

A spokesman for UNC responded by calling Loh's comments uninformed.

"We were surprised that a sitting university president with no direct knowledge of our case would choose to offer such uninformed and highly speculative opinions," UNC vice chancellor of communications Joel Curran said to ESPN in an email.


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