Today the NCAA announced, after a three-year investigation, that there would be no charges levied against the University of North Carolina for academic misconduct.
“The panel concluded that while student-athletes and athletics programs may have benefitted from utilizing the courses, the general student body also benefitted,” a release from the NCAA said. “Based on both the information available in the record and North Carolinas support of the courses that were offered as not violating its policies, the panel could not conclude that the university failed to monitor or lacked control over its athletics program.”
According to USA Today, the university was looking at five Level I charges from the NCAA, “including lack of institutional control, in a case that grew as an offshoot of a probe launched in 2010 into the football program.”
The allegations of academic fraud were related to courses taken by athletes in the African and Afro-American studies department over a nine year span between 2002 and 2011.
More to come on this breaking story.