ACC Commissioner John Swofford speaks out about North Carolina Academic Fraud:’I saw no warning signs while I was AD at UNC”

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Current ACC Commissioner John Swofford was the athletic director at North Carolina from 1980 to ’97.

He says he saw no warning signs of a scandal while there at UNC.

“We had no idea of anything that you know was going on in regards to those courses, which at that time were truly independent study courses — and some independent study courses are outstanding actually at quality institutions — but it never came up in any way shape or form,” Swofford told ESPN.

Kenneth Wainstein, a former U.S. Department of Justice official, reported that 3,100 students, of which 48 percent were athletes, took the so-called “paper classes” in the Afro-American studies department.