Date: Nov 1, 2012 2:08 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: UNC's Highsmith seriously plagiarize 11-year-olds?

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From USA TODAY, Wednesday, October 24, 2012. See
http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/10/23/erik-highsmith-plagiarism-11-year-olds-north-carolina/1653359/
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UNC's Highsmith seriously plagiarize 11-year-olds?

By Simon Samano

12:22PM EDT October 24. 2012 - Brace yourself. We've got some news
from the "Did That Really Happen?" department involving North
Carolina's Erik Highsmith.

Per a report in the News and Observer,
[http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/10/21/2425386/more-plagiarism-questions-haunt.html
] the Tar Heels' senior wide receiver committed plagiarism on a blog
for a communications class last spring in which he used material from
a piece on poultry written for a ThinkQuest web site by ... wait for
it ...

11-year-olds.

BOWL PROJECTIONS: Forecasting all 35 postseason games
[http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2012/10/03/bowl-projections-bcs-title-game/1609731/
]

The following are excerpts of what Highsmith wrote last year for his
class and what the 11-year-olds wrote eight years earlier for their
peers, both provided by the News and Observer. You be the judge.

First Highsmith's: "Poultry farming is raising of turkeys, ducks,
chicken and other fowl for meat or eggs. Poultry farms can be
breeding farms where they raise poultry for meat, or layer farms
where they produce eggs. The 'best' breeds depend on what you want
from them. Good egg layers are Rhode Island Reds [brown eggs] and
Leghorns [white eggs]."

Now the 11-year-olds': "Poultry farming is raising chickens, turkeys,
ducks and other fowl for meat or eggs. Poultry farms can be: 1.
Breeding farms where they raise poultry for meat, or 2. Layer farms
where they produce eggs."

This has to be embarrassing for Highsmith, and it certainly doesn't
bode well for the football program, which is currently serving a
one-year bowl ban for an alleged academic fraud scandal under former
coach Butch Davis.

Did we mention this has to be embarrassing for Highsmith? How will
this go over next year at the NFL Scouting Combine (if he's even
invited) when he has to explain himself in interviews?

Thanks to The Washington Post for alerting us to the News and Observer report.
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Jerry P. Becker
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