On June 8, 2012, Dan Kane and Andrew Carter of the News and Observer, published an article concerning evidence that student athletes, particularly football players, were being steered to classes with little or no academic instruction by academic advisers. The article stated that of 54 suspect classes, all but nine were taught by former African and Afro-American Studies Department Chair Julius Nyang’oro. In many of these courses students were only provided with a term paper that would be due at the conclusion of the semester.
The story further revealed that “other records indicated football and basketball players made up a majority of the enrollments of nine particularly suspect classes in which the professors listed as instructors have denied involvement, and have claimed that signatures were forged on records related to them.”
The full story can be found via the News and Observer here.