This is really just a bunch of bullshit. I hope people realize that.
This is nothing more than activist journalism surrounding the O'Bannon trial. The real target for many in the media is the NCAA, not UNC. But as Tyrion Lannister said, "Using honest emotions to do dishonest work is her specialty".
I am a former student-athlete, and I realize we are just a bunch of dumb jocks who can't read, but at the end of the day there is one person that should have the finger pointed at them, but no one will do it because it would be in bad taste... and that is the athlete himself.
We are given an opportunity that we decide whether to take advantage of or not. Some players will try to take the easy way out, whether that be by cheating or taking less than rigorous courses. BUT guess what. So do many students in the general student body. I have seen more people in the general student body cheat than athletes, I have seen more general body students flunk out than the athletes, I saw many general body students not be able to handle to freedoms of college and flunk out. Not taking advantage of your opportunities while in college is not a plague only contagious to student-athletes.
And let me tell you, it has been a while since I was playing college ball, but I had many friends that went to UNC, State, and Duke and I have some working knowledge of what went on there. Many athletes knew which easy courses to take to get a buffer on their GPA. It may have changed since I was around, but if you were at NC State... Parks and Rec department says hello. If you were at Duke it was either Sociology or Communications.
Hell, I was at school as a basketball player, and I took a class called "Introduction to Basketball" as a GPA buffer.
The media can keep clamoring and misunderstanding the NCAA rules, but at this point (there is still the Wainstein investigation and the SBI charges that could bring new light) the NCAA isn't going to get involved because there is no evidence that this was an athletics scandal. And nor should they. The NCAA already has too many stupid rules, and have trouble enforcing them. Trying to get them in the business of classroom administration would be stupid beyond repair.
Right now, you should read these reports and give it the same amount of credibility that you would MSNBC about Republicans or Fox News about Democrats. After all, it is all the same... activist journalism.