The NCAA has once again opened an academic fraud investigation at the University of North Carolina. The latest investigation marks the fifth time in the last three years UNC has been investigated by the NCAA for academic issues.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after former UNC basketball star Rashad McCants publicly said he had tutors do most of his school work for him at the school. McCants added that his name once appeared on the dean’s list following a semester in which he barely did any classwork.
The investigation is technically a reopening of an old one that began in 2011. The NCAA reopened the probe in hopes that more people will be willing to speak up this time around.
UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham released a statement on the news today.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA that it will repoen its 2011 examination of academic irregularities. The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff.
Since 2011, the university has conducted and commissioned numerous reviews of this matter and provided the NCAA with updates. In February, the university retained former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein to conduct an independent investigation and instructed him to share relevant information directly and confidentially with the NCAA.
The university has instituted numerous academic reforms based on findings from earlier reports that can be found at http://carolinacommitment.unc.edu/. We remain committed to learning from our past so that we can move forward to building a stronger university.
Consistent with NCAA protocols, we will have no further comment on this matter until the process is complete.
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Among other things, the school is being investigated for allegedly enrolling athletes in classes that never met. The classes were supposedly used solely to boost athletes' grades and ensure they remain eligible for athletic participation.
McCants reiterated in recent days that he stands by his claim that faux classes and tutors were used to keep athletes eligible. He challenged other UNC athletes who dispute his claims to release their transcripts.