The university noted the following:
Based on the joint review, UNC and the NCAA staff concluded there were no violations of current NCAA rules or student-athlete eligibility issues related to courses in African and Afro-American Studies. As a result, the NCAA did not add any allegations or include this issue during the University’s appearance in October 2011 before the Committee on Infractions.As a result, the empty chair can legally hand out passing grades to students.
It's perplexing, isn't it? We know for a fact that this academic scandal dwarfs what happened at Florida State University, which led to several players being suspended prior to the 2007 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone. Try saying that three times fast.
Between injuries and the scandal, 34 players did not play that game in 2007. Of course, we now know that Florida State had to vacate all of their wins in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.