Dec 30, 2010; Nashville, TN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Erik Highsmith (88) celebrates after a victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. The Tar Heels beat the Volunteers 30-27. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Receiver Erik Highsmith Plagiarized Essay Written By 11-Year-Olds

North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Erik Highsmith was allegedly struggling to pass his communications course when he had to turn for some unusual help. Highsmith needed to post some last minute articles to a blog students in his class were supposed to contribute to which accounted for 30 percent of their grade.

What Highsmith did next in an effort to trick the professor and pass the class was both comical and sad. Here is what he did, per the News Observer:

Highsmith wrote two posts in seven days. The first was about poultry farming, the second about people and pets.

Very little of either post was in his own words.

The first entry was virtually identical to a passage on an education website written by four 11-year-olds for their peers. The second mirrored much of an essay someone posted on, a website that helps people prepare for the SAT, GRE and other college entry exams.

Oh boy. This isn’t exactly the kind of news that a program with troubled history of athletes and their academic records really needed. HERE is a copy of the essay on poultry farming if you are inclined to see what Highsmith tried to pass off as his own.

To be fair, Highsmith denied the allegations of the News Observer’s report but who wouldn’t?

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