The University of North Carolina football program is preparing for the upcoming 2012 season following two disheartening years mired in academic scandal. But as it attempts to usher in to a hopeful new era, there are still signs that whole truth about those scandals is yet to be uncovered.
In 2010, the NCAA began investigating the university following accusations of improper gifts from agents to athletes. However, the investigation evolved into something much more serious when it became clear that UNC had committed the cardinal sin of the NCAA: academic fraud.
The academic fraud took place solely in the African and Afro-American studies department from summer 2007 to summer 2011. The department was responsible for 54 no-show and fraudulent classes. 67% of the classes were made up of student athletes—most were football players. Classes were either taught “aberrantly” or “irregularly,” the university admitted, following its own investigation in to the matter. The ugly details include unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls, and limited or no class time.