Investigations Blog

  • Two UNC football players talk about academic fraud on HBO, ESPN

    Posted by Dan Kane on March 25, 2014

    Two more football players say in national cable TV reports Tuesday that UNC-Chapel Hill’s tutoring program for athletes steered them to suspect classes to help keep them eligible to play sports.

    Deunta Williams, a former defensive back, said he and other football players took no-show classes within the African studies department that were advertised as lecture-style classes but actually never met and only required a paper at the end. Grades were typically good. Bryon Bishop said he was steered to African studies when he showed up at the university because it had plenty of easy classes.

    Williams spoke on ESPN’s Outside The Lines program Tuesday afternoon, while Bishop is featured in an HBO Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel report that begins airing Tuesday at 10 p.m. Michael McAdoo, another former UNC football player who previously spoke to The News & Observer and The New York Times about the classes, is also on the HBO report.


  • UNC academic fraud scandal draws national attention from NY Times, Bloomberg Businessweek

    Posted by Dan Kane on January 3, 2014

    On New Year’s Day, one of the biggest football watching days of the year, The New York Times greeted readers with a front page story that might have caused some to turn off their sets.


  • Tax law changes affect your latest paycheck? Participate in a survey

    Posted on January 3, 2014

    Some North Carolinians are seeing results of tax law changes made last year: Paychecks arriving Friday have new state income tax withholding amounts, which affect take home pay.


  • DA: More arrests soon in UNC agent case

    Posted by J. Andrew Curliss on November 5, 2013

    Three people have been arrested so far, including Georgia-based sports agent Terry S. Watson, who faces 14 felony charges. Two more people have been charged by a grand jury, but those indictments are sealed. Prosecutor Jim Woodall says those final two cases should be public by next week at the latest.


  • CSC computer woes extend beyond NC Tracks

    Posted by Joseph Neff on October 30, 2013

    The company in charge of North Carolina’s troubled Medicaid claims system has bigger problems in the United Kingdom


  • Auditor’s office obtains ECSU phone records

    Posted by J. Andrew Curliss on October 23, 2013

    New records, covering four years beginning in September 2009, show phone calls from Elizabeth City State University to Senegal cost more than $142,000. The university has said it is also conducting an inquiry.


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