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UNC's Woes Deepen

The N&O, which has generally done really solid work in the UNC investigation, has another good article up, this time on the Julius Peppers situation. In case you missed it, what appears to be his transcript shows an athlete who barely remained eligible and did so only because of several classes from the then-nascent Department of African and Afro-American Studies, which suggests that the problems may run much deeper than previously suspected.

As a matter of fact, a point of interest: we were told at roughly the same time, certainly during the time Peppers was at UNC, that (unspecified) people at UNC knew full well that athletes could get easy grades in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. We certainly weren't going to print it then, and we wouldn't now either had events not caught up to that rumor.

That's not to say that the rumor we heard then is verified, but it is certainly interesting that the story is roughly the same as what's being exposed now.