Orange County D.A.: I Might Drop Nyang’oro Charge

UNC scandal - the ball's in the prosecutor's court now. - Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The prosecutor says that former professor Julius Nyang’oro has been highly cooperative.

Well this is interesting: Orange County D.A. Jim Woodall says he may drop the charge against former UNC professor Julius Nyang’oro because of his cooperation with the investigation led by Kenneth Wainstein.

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You have to wonder exactly what Nyang’oro has given up. He's only facing a single charge and no jail time.

Still, a felony is a felony and most people would rather not be convicted of one.

What this also does is takes away subpoena power and a chance of putting people on the stand. Wainstein can't do that.

You may remember that we said we'd heard rumors about the AFAM department in the early '90s, specifically when Bill Guthridge was coaching and right after Duke hammered UNC in Cameron. We don't remember the specific year.

Wainstein also now says that his investigation stretches back into the '80s, which suggests two possibilities: first, that the scheme ran in football under Butch Davis, John Bunting, Carl Torbush, Mack Brown and Dick Crum.

And second, if it goes that far back in basketball, it ran under Roy Williams, Matt Doherty, Dick Guthridge and Dean Smith.

So what exactly has Nyang’oro given up?

It's worth mentioning, if only in passing, that the DA is an elected official and therefore potentially susceptible to political pressures. What could be less popular in Orange County than a trial which puts the athletic department on the stand?

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