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UNC’s academic scandal involves basketball players?


We’ve all heard about the academic scandal involving the UNC football team by now, but on Tuesday, news broke that seems to imply that basketball players were involved as well.

Last September, Julius Nyang’oro, who headed the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, resigned because of academic fraud in the classes that he taught.

It was that department that spawned classes in question.

The details:

There were 686 enrollments for the 54 suspect classes. Of those, football players accounted for 246 of the enrollments, or 36 percent, while basketball players accounted for 23 enrollments, or three percent, according to UNC. Together, football and basketball players accounted for 39 percent of the enrollments.

Football and basketball players account for less than one percent of the total undergraduate enrollment – about 120 of the more than 18,500 undergraduate students on campus.

The investigation has revealed pretty blatant cheating involving football players, but no basketball players have been named yet.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.