Former Athletes at University of North Carolina Sue School and NCAA for ‘Academic Fraud’

Rashanda McCants of the North Carolina Tar Heels during a game against the Duke University Blue Devils Feb. 8, 2007, at Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill, N.C.  GRANT HALVERSON/GETTY IMAGES
Rashanda McCants of the North Carolina Tar Heels during a game against the Duke University Blue Devils Feb. 8, 2007, at Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Rashanda McCants and Devon Ramsay, two former student-athletes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, filed a lawsuit last Thursday against their alma mater and the NCAA because they contend that they were veered away from “academically sound classes” and did not receive “legitimate educational instruction,” USA Today reports.

McCants, a former member of the women’s basketball team, and Ramsay, a former football player, are hoping that the suit becomes a class action—meaning, they’re inviting other Tar Heel student-athletes, past and present, to join them in condemning the “academic fraud” they were subjected to.

The suit is tied to the academic scandal that has plagued Chapel Hill in recent months. The school was accused of enrolling its student-athletes in ghost classes that didn’t really exist. In October the school promised to launch several initiatives to correct for the “academic irregularities” an independent investigation found student-athletes were exposed to, Fox 8 reported.

McCants and Ramsay’s complaint argues that the NCAA was well-aware of the academic foul play taking place in several of its member schools’ athletic programs. It also argues that the NCAA did not adequately monitor whether schools were upholding the academic standards set for them.

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Source: The Root |