college athletics • The NCAA is taking another look into academic misconduct at North Carolina after an investigation uncovered new information. UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said Monday the school has received "a verbal notice of inquiry" that the NCAA will reopen its 2011 investigation in a case that began as an offshoot of a 2010 probe into the football program.
"The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff," Cunningham said in a statement.
Investigations have uncovered fraud in a department with classes featuring significant athlete enrollments, including lecture classes that did not meet and were treated as independent studies requiring only a research paper at semester's end. Former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein is conducting an independent probe into the problems in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department.