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Panel investigating UNC academics meets this week

Posted August 29, 2012

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— A panel investigating possible academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will meet Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and for the first time since UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp announced that former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin will lead an inquiry into academic irregularities within the university's African and Afro-American studies department.

The panel is a sub-committee of the UNC System's Board of Governors. They met Wednesday in closed session.

So far, irregularities have been found in 54 African and Afro-American classes – where no-show or questionable courses appear to have benefited athletes, especially the UNC football team. After UNC released a report on those classes, WRAL News found irregularities with independent study courses within the program, most of which were tied to former department chair Julius Nyang’oro.

Earlier this month, former UNC football star Julius Peppers' college transcript appeared online. It showed grades from the African and Afro-American studies department, which appear to have kept Peppers eligible as a student. He has denied any academic wrong-doing.

Martin and his team plan to review more departments and all athletic programs at UNC and will submit a full report by mid-October, which will be made public once it is complete. Martin said Thorp told him everything is fair game in the investigation – no restrictions, no limitations.

The school has paid nearly $600,000 for legal and public relations advice since the NCAA initiated an investigation tied to the Tar Heel football team more than two years ago. Martin's work could incur additional costs. UNC recently hired communications consultant Doug Sosnick. The school says none of the bills are being paid with taxpayer dollars.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Michael McAdoo’s lawsuit against the school, Thorp and the NCAA on Sept. 13.

The former UNC football player, who was caught up in the academic scandal and lost a year on the field, filed a lawsuit last August seeking damages stemming from his being ruled ineligible. That lawsuit was dismissed in November and he filed an appeal in June.

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  • Dr. Feelgood Aug 30, 7:36 p.m.

    That's just it, it's probably not the biggest scandal in college athletics, probably not even... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    Not a big deal outside of NC? Check out what UNC basketball recruits are saying.
    http://bustingbra... View More

    — Posted by ACCInsider

    You need to catch up. Old news already discussed 2 weeks ago.

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    LOL, he was quoting a hole fan that brought up Shackleford... HOW OLD is THAT news???

    I hear, if... View More

    — Posted by WolfpackInDaHouseV.13

    Shackelford is like a fine wine, his story get's better with age. Speaking of things that decay rapidly, your humor is like that of a improperly kept cadaver, DOA and really stiking up the joint.

    There is your report Bronco Boy.

  • WolfpackInDaHouseV.13 Aug 30, 9:28 a.m.

    That is part of the frustration about all this. This is one of the biggest sports scandals in... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    That's just it, it's probably not the biggest scandal in college athletics, probably not even... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    Not a big deal outside of NC? Check out what UNC basketball recruits are saying.
    http://bustingbra... View More

    — Posted by ACCInsider

    You need to catch up. Old news already discussed 2 weeks ago.

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    LOL, he was quoting a hole fan that brought up Shackleford... HOW OLD is THAT news???

    I hear, if you sit on ice, it will make your hiny hurt less.

    report back to us, if that works for YOU!

  • Dr. Feelgood Aug 30, 7:28 a.m.

    That is part of the frustration about all this. This is one of the biggest sports scandals in... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    That's just it, it's probably not the biggest scandal in college athletics, probably not even... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    Not a big deal outside of NC? Check out what UNC basketball recruits are saying.
    http://bustingbra... View More

    — Posted by ACCInsider

    You need to catch up. Old news already discussed 2 weeks ago.

  • Dr. Feelgood Aug 30, 7:25 a.m.

    What an embarrassment.

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    Yeah, I know, that 50 game suspension for illegal drug use by the Dookie was embarrasing. Finally, we agree on something.

  • ACCInsider Aug 30, 2:02 a.m.

    That is part of the frustration about all this. This is one of the biggest sports scandals in... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    That's just it, it's probably not the biggest scandal in college athletics, probably not even... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    Not a big deal outside of NC? Check out what UNC basketball recruits are saying.
    http://bustingbrackets.com/2012/08/14/unc-academic-scandal-may-be-turning-off-basketball-recruits/

  • ACCInsider Aug 30, 1:58 a.m.

    That is part of the frustration about all this. This is one of the biggest sports scandals in... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Why would the lack of interest nationally frustrate you? Do you have a personal stake in this?... View More

    — Posted by FourAutumn

    He's echoing national sports writers.
    http://www.realclearsports.com/2012/08/15/unc_academic_scandal_worst_in_ncaa_history_104671.html

  • WolfpackInDaHouseV.13 Aug 29, 11:48 p.m.

    ^^^sounds great jsp.

    now, if we can just figure out a way for unc fans to STOP obsessing over what State fans are doing... again, if you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem with someone looking???

    and actually, the "latest" firestorm is more about how it's now been leaked nationally, that a unc alum was on the ncaa's committee in charge of investigating unc.... talk about overt conflicts of interest.

    but hey.. don't forget... y'all have NOTHING to worry about!!!

    LOL I LOVE how mad y'all are!!!

  • jsp1267 Aug 29, 11:25 p.m.

    That is part of the frustration about all this. This is one of the biggest sports scandals in... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    TBK, that's where you lose your argument. The "one of the biggest scandals in the history... View More

    — Posted by jsp1267

    NINE major infractions.

    And there is more that the NCAA didn't even include in their NOA that... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    You cant even get the number of of inractions correct. I guess you count the trumped up social media one with it? LOL, Geez.

    Also, wasn't this subject the acadmic side? I mean why should the national Media still have interest of a 2 year investigation that has been heard by the NCAA and RULED on? To most people outside of NC its OVER. they also seee its a fan base that is a heated rival fanning the flames. Come on, let's get real here. Even the acadmic side that NITWITS on here keep saying "its a fraud case going on" is HISTORY. its facts from a 2 year old investigation. We are just now seeing thE info this summer that the NCAA had, its not NEW. Only thing new is the new fishing expedition that pepper's transcript may show something else in which csse I am for the review cause unless it shows there were grade changes, etc, its a non issue. Even then if its the same professor it's not going to be an NCAA issue. So here goes one more time in CAPS:

    ATTENTION STATE FANS:

    ANY AND EVERYTHING unc ADMITTED TO IN THE REPORT THAT WAS RELEASED WAS PART OF THE 2 YEAR OLD INVESTIGATION THAT THE NCAA HAS ALREADY READ AND COMMENTED ON. IT JUST DIDNT HAPPEN YESTERDAY. THE LATEST FIRESTORM IS AROUND Pepper's TRANSCRIPT AND THE ACCUSATONS THAT THERE WAS FRAUD. TO SHUT EVERYONE UP IT WAS DECIDED TO REVIEW IT AND I AM ALL FOR IT. UNC IS NOT GOING TO BURN DOWN, ITS TIME YOU IMPROVE YOURSELVES AND QUIT WORRYING ABOUT UNC.

  • heelsforever Aug 29, 10:15 p.m.

    There's a lot of information out there much more important to me than what is going on at... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    well, good for you... I was merely pointing out how an investigation TODAY vs. one 20+ years... View More

    — Posted by WolfpackInDaHouseV.13

    You are not wrong at all on that point, but you did not clarify that point until now. BTW, you... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    My response to that is it wouldn't really matter. State has paid MORE than enough for whatever... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    There are about 65,000 reasons why you are over simplifying what happened back then.

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Aug 29, 10:06 p.m.

    NC State has announced that the panel will announce their findings during halftime of their game Friday night to insure that at least some Pack fans will show interest in the football team. Pathetic fanbase.

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