Lee received notice of her firing from UNC on Oct. 22, which allowed her 30 days to contest the decision. Lee did not appeal and was officially fired on Nov. 21.
Most recently, Bridger was employed as an academic counselor for several teams at UNC-Wilmington before she was fired for her role in the scandal.
Wainstein and his team of investigators found that Lee and Bridger knew of every aspect of the phony paper classes.
In November 2009 — after secretary Deborah Crowder had already retired — Lee and Bridger gave a frantic presentation to coaches. Without Crowder, Lee and Bridger worried how players would maintain their eligibility.
The presentation outlined how players were able to stay eligible using the classes and expressed the football counselors’ grave concerns about the future of the program.
In one slide, Lee and Bridger explicitly told coaches that players were not required to attend class. When they were in class, players weren’t required to stay awake, take notes or engage with material.
“THESE CLASSES NO LONGER EXIST,” the slide said at the bottom.