The 'Academic-Athletic' scandal leaves academic reforms in its wake

UNC's academic scandal recently came to a close, but its effects are ongoing. In response to the academic irregularities that were brought to light in 2011, the University instituted several policy reforms. The reforms are described as "extensive steps in the long journey to bring a painful chapter in campus history to a proper conclusion."


Academic-athletic scandal

UNC has been plagued by an academic-athletic scandal that has led to one of the biggest investigations into academic improprieties in NCAA history.

The scandal, which was fully unearthed by the Wainstein report in October 2014, revolves around the former Department of African and African-American Studies. Wainstein's report detailed nearly two decades of no-show classes that allowed many athletes to stay eligible and inflated the grades of non-athletes as well.

The investigation into UNC began in 2010, after a tweet from former football player Marvin Austin exposed potential illegal benefits. After it was revealed there were inappropriate agent contact with coaches and players, NCAA investigators and reporters examined UNC's academics more closely, eventually revealing the academic fraud within the former Department of African and African-American Studies.

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UNC Chancellor Carol Folt walks with Mark Merritt, vice chancellor and general council of UNC, through the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. during a lunch break on Wednesday afternoon.

The scandal's newest chapter

Nashville, Tenn. — Six years and three notices of allegations since the first reports of a possible athletic-academic scandal at UNC, the NCAA held a Nashville-based hearing on Wednesday and Thursday — one with coaches and university representatives on the roster. 


UNC Chancellor Carol Folt walks into the meeting room for the NCAA allegation hearings at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday morning.

Quick hits from UNC's NCAA hearing: Day 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — North Carolina’s highly anticipated hearing in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions began today in Nashville, Tenn. The hearing is closed to the public, but assistant sports editor James Tatter is on the scene with some updates from the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.


Deborah Crowder responds to NCAA allegations

Deborah Crowder, who was named in the second Amended Notice of Allegations from the NCAA as administering fake classes for the African and Afro-American Studies Department, has released an affidavit stating that the accusations against her are untrue.


How the third NCAA Notice of Allegations to UNC differs from the first two

The NCAA's third Notice of Allegations for UNC-Chapel Hill was released Thursday, and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said he's never seen this many notices on one case. Assistant sports editor Blake Richardson compared the three NOAs and found that the latest notice differs from the first and second ones in a few key areas. Here are the six biggest differences.