Academic scandal looms over North Carolina ahead of championship game

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -  North Carolina's academic scandal was brought up on the CBS broadcast during the second half of the Tar Heels' national semifinal against Oregon.

Jim Nantz suggested that recruiting has been tough for the Tar Heels because of the scandal, noting the team has an upperclassman-dominated roster. "They've had to live with all of this, all the swirling innuendo with what went on there with all the academic fraud allegations," he said.

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press earlier this week that it "would be inappropriate to try to estimate a timeline" as to when this saga might end. The NCAA's ongoing probe of the Tar Heels is tied to irregularities in an academic department and led to five broad-based charges against the school that include lack of institutional control.

Current UNC players were years away from arriving in Chapel Hill when it began.

© 2017 Associated Press


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