UNC Academic Scandal May Be Turning Off Basketball Recruitshttp://bustingbrackets.com/2012/08/14/unc-academic-scandal-may-be-turning-off-basketball-recruits/
Although independent people I spoke with close to the recruiting process downplayed North Carolina's chances to snatch the Briarcrest star-one insider insisted that even if Nichols spurned the hometown Tigers and in-state Vols for the Old North State, Austin would choose Duke before UNC-North Carolina's sudden disappearance from Nichols' list is quite the mystery.
So what caused this swift change? College recruitments, by their nature, are fluid, fickle and fast-evolving. But that doesn't begin to explain why a school that had put on the full-court press for Nichols, second only to its pursuit of Julius Randle, failed to earn at least a spot among Nichols' final six. Nichols found a spot for SEC doormat Auburn, but couldn't find one for UNC? Really?
Nichols' apparent change of heart over the last several weeks conveniently coincides with an outpouring of long overdue media coverage regarding the North Carolina academic scandal that embroiled the football program and may or may not have extended to the basketball program as well. Though this would hardly be enough evidence to stand in court, it's certainly conceivable that Nichols' feelings towards North Carolina soured as more information pertaining to the fallout at UNC became known.
If Nichols was indeed turned off by the academic fraud case at Carolina (and at this point, I have nothing but speculation and circumstantial evidence to base this upon), he wouldn't be the first.