NCAA Re-Opens Investigation Into Academic Misconduct at UNC

June 30, 2014 / Football

The University of North Carolina has announced the NCAA is coming back to campus and effectively re-opening a 2011 investigation into academic impropriety involving former student-athletes at the school. The investigation, which vaguely wrapped up more than two years ago, vaguely without any penalty from the NCAA toward UNC, stems from possible nefarious activity between former professors and student-athletes that is alleged to have occurred over the past 15 years.

Reports have shown no-show courses, phony grades and classes requiring only one end-of-term paper to be consistent over a period of time in previous years at the university. The former at the center of the controversy — head of the Afro and African-American studies department, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro — resigned in September of 2011.

A former tutor, Mary Willingham, has gone on record against former academic practices with UNC athletes. Emails suggesting benefits of tickets and invites to watch football games from the sidelines have also stained the academic reputation of the school in recent years.

Why is this happening now? Because the NCAA believes it can gather more evidence in the case thanks to those who are now supposedly willing to speak. That wasn’t the case in 2011 or 2012.

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