The Raleigh News and Observer reports that New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was actually academically ineligible when he played for North Carolina in 2008.
Records show that Nicks received impermissible academic help during the year which rendered him ineligible. The facts of the case were not made known until after Nicks left school in 2009.
The revelation is one more detail in the academic scandal that has rocked the school’s athletics program. The North Carolina football team is currently on probation for rules violations and is not eligible for the ACC title game or a bowl this season. UNC had 16 of its football victories vacated by the NCAA.