A college transcript reportedly belonging to the Chicago Bears' Julius Peppers was posted to UNC's website. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The University of North Carolina announced on Monday that it is investigating how a "test transcript" closely resembling that of former Tarheel and current Chicago Bear Julius Peppers appeared on its website, according to Dan Kane of The News Observer:
At issue is whether individuals in the university set up a series of bogus, no-show classes that were predominantly taken by athletes, possibly with the intent of helping them maintain their eligibility to play sports.
Peppers had reportedly been enrolled in three "independent studies" classes and the University could not verify whether anyone taught or supervised the students enrolled in these courses. The test transcript and Peppers' official transcript are a match for 34 of the 36 classes, and in two of the classes, grades appeared to be higher than how they read on the official transcript.
Peppers played on the football team at UNC from 1999 to 2001 and also played basketball for the University. If the transcript comparison turns out to be more than just a coincidence, the basketball team could find itself facing the same indictments that Kane reported was only an issue at first for the football team.