NCAA reopens UNC investigation of academic irregularities involving student athletes
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The NCAA has notified the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill it will reopen its 2011 investigation of academic irregularities involving student athletes, WTVD reports.
UNC says it was told the “NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff.”
Problems first arose for the university in 2010, when it announced it was looking into allegations of plagiarism, tutors who violated rules, faculty who failed to provide oversight, alleged unethical conduct by an assistant coach and allegations that players got perks from professional sports agents.
The NCAA determined the school was responsible for “multiple violations” and imposed penalties including a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 football scholarships, vacation of records and three years’ probation.
UNC has now requested that Ken Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor, conduct a new independent investigation.
Earlier this month, former UNC men’s basketball guard Rashad McCants claimed he took fake classes while in school and tutors wrote his term papers.
McCants played for the Tar Heels when the team won the national title in 2005 and was the team’s second leading scorer.
Head coach Roy Williams said earlier this month in response to McCants’ claims that he was in “shock” and said the claims did not match what he knows about his players’ academic efforts.
Wainstein says he and his team have new access to former administrators within the African American studies program. His team will investigate what went into the classes, how they deviated from school norms and if school administrators were involved.
Wainstein said he will investigate whether or not students actually wrote papers and if they received passing grades for no work. He also said he is looking into whether the athletics department was involved and if it encouraged student athletes to take the classes.