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Apparent Peppers transcript being reviewed by UNC

Posted August 13, 2012
Updated August 14, 2012

— University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill leaders are investigating how an apparent student-athlete’s transcript ended up on the school's website.

UNC will not confirm or deny the transcript is that of former football and basketball player Julius Peppers, but the transcript raises questions about whether the current academic scandal dates back 10 years or more. UNC Academics Investigation Archive: UNC investigations

A search of the UNC website turned up a result called “Grade Summary for Julius Frazier Peppers.” The link was taken down but not before some screen shots were saved.

The apparent transcript shows Peppers took four independent studies courses in the African and Afro-American Studies department, including the same one three times. Those classes, which don't require class time, were some of the more than four dozen classes that were the focus of a WRAL investigation earlier this month.

According to the record, Peppers received at least a B in three of those courses. Courses outside that department were mostly C's, D's, and F's.

"Student academic records should never be accessible to the public, and the University is investigating reports of what appears to be a former student transcript on the University's website," UNC said in a statement Monday. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

The transcript does not list an instructor for the classes so it is unclear if Peppers took classes from the former department head, Julius Nyang'oro, who stepped down this summer because of the academic scandal.

UNC, which is currently reviewing the African and Afro-American Studies irregularities, hasn't said if it will review these earlier classes. Instead, the focus is on the release of the transcript, a possible violation of federal law.

If the transcript that labeled Peppers is accurate, the finding raises more questions about the courses and whether Peppers was even eligible to play.

Attempts by WRAL to reach Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey, went unanswered Monday. Carey was Peppers’ academic advisor at UNC before becoming his professional agent.

Peppers played at Carolina from 1999 to 2001 and was selected No. 2 overall by the Carolina Panthers.


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  • ccsmith1902 Aug 17, 2012

    Instead of talking about it, why doesn't UNC just look it up on Student Records? All official transcripts can be accessed in a minute or two from the University system!!!!

  • myrtlebeachrock Aug 16, 2012

    not all schools cheat.

  • WolfpackInDaHouseV.13 Aug 14, 2012

    is that what the BANNERS read???

    who knew???

    bahahhahhahahhahaha!!! these poor hole fans have run out of fingers to point with.

    it's AWESOME!!!

  • StunGunn Aug 14, 2012

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    Thanks, senor wuf. As bad as this academic fraud is (and it IS bad), I believe the students going to Carolina had to work their rear ends off just to get in, and they have to work very hard to earn their degree and graduate. The "normal" student and the "student athletes" are very differnt animals, and I'm not speaking about all athletes, I'm addressing the football and basketball players. A degree from Carolina still opens a lot of doors and means something, just as a degree from NC State means a lot. It's easy to kick Carolina when it's down; thank you for taking the high road and not attacking the entire University.

  • StunGunn Aug 14, 2012

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    That, Deacs, is the million dollar question. I do believe if the basketball team is involved, it will come out. Carolina has officially run out of rocks to hide things under.

  • NCSU72 Aug 14, 2012

    Okay, let's play "what if." What if the transcript isn't Peppers'? What if it belongs to a student/athlete not playing at the professional level receiving a big paycheck? Well, what is that poor soul doing today to earn a living because he/she obviously received no education at the Flagship?
    The failure of the UNC athletic department to make certain athletes were students first and received a decent education is tragic.
    Peppers and friends were nothing but money makers for the UNC athletic department -- get an education? -- fuhgeddaboudit!

  • senor wuf Aug 14, 2012

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    YEAH!!!! Except I don't think it's one "perp". My bet is two, specifically: Mark Gottfried and Tom O'Brien. Bev Perdue is also looking pretty suspicious...

  • redistrumps Aug 14, 2012

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    Until then, the laughs are still on you buddy boy LOL

  • alockwr21 Aug 14, 2012

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    Haha nice try, my dude.

    Your football cheats and still can't beat State at football. And your basketball team? Yeah, they'll be wrecked by the Pack this year too.

  • FAN72 Aug 14, 2012

    NC State has enough success without worrying about the transgressions of UNC. It is just interesting to watch the UNC posters fabricate more things they wish were true about NC State and at the same time make excuses for their own short comings.




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