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Former UNC athletes file class action lawsuit against school, NCAA
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Former UNC athletes file class action lawsuit against school, NCAA
Thursday January 22nd, 2015

Former North Carolina football player Devon Ramsay and former women's basketball player Rashanda McCants have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, according to USA TODAY

The lawsuit, which seeks to become a class action lawsuit, alleges that student athletes are not getting the education they were promised by UNC and the NCAA, according to Derek Rowles of ABC11 in Raleigh​.

The suit is being represented by the same lawyers in the Ed O'Bannon antitrust case against the NCAA.

From USA TODAY:

This case involves allegations of breach of contract against UNC for a failure to provide "academically sound classes with legitimate educational instruction."

The complaint also accuses the NCAA of negligence because: "Although the NCAA's rules prohibit academic fraud, the NCAA knew of dozens of instances of academic fraud in its member schools' athletic programs over the last century, and it nevertheless refused to implement adequate monitoring systems to detect and prevent these occurrences at its member institutions."

Ramsay played for the Tar Heels from 2008-2011. In 2010, he was one of 14 players held out of games as the NCAA investigated UNC's football program, and was ruled ineligible in November. When he was reinstated in February 2011, the NCAA said he did not commit any violations. 

McCants is the sister of former UNC men's basketball player Rashad McCants. Rashad McCants has previously said that he took bogus classes when he was at the school in order to stay eligible.

The NCAA announced last summer that it had re-opened its investigation into alleged academic fraud at North Carolina.

In October, UNC released a report by outside investigator Kenneth Wainstein​, which detailed how a lack of oversight allowed Department of African and Afro-American Studies administrator Deborah Crowder and former chairman Julius Nyang'oro to create so-called "paper classes." In these classes, students received high grades with "little regard" for the quality of their work.​

Wainstein told reporters that Crowder, who was largely responsible for creating the fraudulent classes, was motivated by a belief that UNC's athletes weren't being supported by the university.​

A previous NCAA investigation resulted in a postseason ban for the football team in 2012 and a loss of scholarships.

- Molly Geary

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