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UNC Officials Resisted Notion That Fake Classes Were Rooted in Athletic Eligibility

UNC seeks to fight off sanctions by denying that the bogus classes constituted NCAA violations. Its sluggishness in revealing what had gone wrong aided another of its key defenses: That the NCAA should have known all about the impact of the fake classes in 2012, when it levied sanctions for the previous football transgressions. The university argues that if the NCAA didn’t penalize UNC for the classes then, it can’t do so now.

This story has unfolded slowly for six years. Now, as the NCAA’s latest enforcement case nears its end, The N&O has reviewed the newly released correspondence, looking for clues about why it took so long for one of the country’s top public universities to discover the full scope of its corrosive shadow curriculum.