Hakeem Nicks was ineligible at UNC in 2008

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As if the North Carolina football program didn’t have enough scars from the past few seasons, the NCAA has concluded that former Tar Heels star wideout Hakeem Nicks played while academically ineligible during the 2008 season, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Nicks received improper academic help from a tutor.  The NCAA specifically called the situation “academic fraud.”

Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, essentially rolled out the “don’t know/don’t care” defense.

“We have no knowledge of that whatsoever,” Schaffer said, adding that “[i]t’s low on the totem pole of relevant issues.”

Nicks previously was found to have received $3,300 in “impermissible assistance” as part of a broad and multi-layered scandal that resulted in coach Butch Davis being fired and multiple players being suspended.

The team’s wins have been vacated for 2008 and 2009.  Nicks’ various career and single-season records will stand, with an asterisk.

Nicks capped his career with a dominant performance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, with eight catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.  The Tar Heels won’t have to worry about vacating that one, however, because West Virginia came from behind to win the game, 31-30.

8 responses to “Hakeem Nicks was ineligible at UNC in 2008

  1. You mean to tell me that young men that get offers to attend college for free on a football scholarship don’t take their academics seriously AND are getting money on the side from boosters?!!!!!! Please read me more from YESTERDAYS NEWS!!!!!

  2. Nicks’ various career and single-season records will stand, with an asterisk.
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    He’s earned two SuperBowl rings, do you think he cares about the asterisk?

  3. Nicks should be punished by the league for this. Its sad that players and coaches ( Carroll ) jump to the league after putting their school in a bad situation with potential sanctions.

  4. The NCAA is really turning college football into a joke with all these “investigations” after the fact. Hakeem Nicks is already a pro-bowl quality wideout in the NFL making millions of dollars. Discrediting wins and records from 2008-2009…does anybody still care? What do they hope this accomplishes? It already happened.

  5. @nflfan He’s earned two SuperBowl rings, do you think he cares about the asterisk?
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    how do you figure he has 2 Superbowl rings? Secondly, this is typical of today’s attitude towards everything. who cares if one cheats or doesn’t play by the rules. if I don’t get in trouble and the repercussions are solely against my former school and not me, then who cares? Livin’ the dream, baby!

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