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Wolfpack Fans' Digging Could Point To More Problems At UNC

An academic scandal that has engulfed UNC-Chapel Hill's athletic department may go back more than a decade. Until last weekend, we already knew that the school's Department of African and Afro-American Studies offered several classes and independent study courses that provided little or no instruction. The classes were popular with athletes, particularly football players. An internal investigation that reached those findings last spring only went back four years, and warned that fraud could go back several years. This weekend, evidence emerged that may be true. The evidence was unearthed with the help of rival NC State fans, and it involves one of the most celebrated athletes in school history, Julius Peppers. Reporter Dan Kane of the Raleigh News & Observer has been covering the story. He spoke to WFAE's Mark Rumsey.