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Sunday September 26th

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’s expensive outside counsel criticized

It’s not clear what the University expected when it sent a letter to the Attorney General’s office asking for permission to hire an expensive, New York City-based law firm for help with several high profile lawsuits on Dec. 29 — leaving the Attorney General’s office just 24 hours to respond before one of those lawsuits was to head to mediation.

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