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UNC Fake Classes Scandal: Key Administrator Agrees to Tell All

The North Carolina Tar Heels in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Monday
The North Carolina Tar Heels in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on MondayPhotograph by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

If University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s fake classes fiasco were a mob case, we’d say a key witness has turned state’s evidence. Since it’s a National Collegiate Athletic Association academic-fraud scandal, let’s go with: Another sneaker has dropped—about a size 16, triple-E.

Recall from our current cover story, “No Class,” that UNC-Chapel Hill, home of the legendary Tar Heels basketball team, has become ground zero in the debate about how the $16 billion college sports industry operates. Carolina earned that dubious distinction by, among other misdeeds, offering more than 200 fake classes that never met but were disproportionately preferred by its varsity athletes.