North Carolina says scandal not athletic, but academic

A three-month investigation into accusations of academic fraud at North Carolina revealed not an athletic scandal but an academic scandal, reports Robbi Pickeral of espn.com.

An independent investigation, headed by former North Carolina governor Jim Martin, said the scandal had more to do with the African-American Studies department than the athletic department.

“This was not an athletic scandal,” said Martin. “It was an academic scandal, which is worse.”

Instead, student-athletes took advantage of the irregularities in the African-American studies program.

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