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Ex-UNC athlete: Lawsuit filed to protect college athletes


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Two former University of North Carolina athletes suing the school and NCAA say the goal is to ensure athletes receive a quality education.

Football player Devon Ramsay and women's basketball player Rashanda McCants posted those sentiments Tuesday on Twitter.

Ramsay says the academic fraud scandal in Chapel Hill is ''a national problem'' and athletes must ''receive legitimate classes ... worthy of their university,'' particularly with so few becoming professional athletes.

McCants says she did all that was asked of her on and off the court and loves her school. But she says UNC and the NCAA ''failed to keep their promise to me and other college athletes.''

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Last week's lawsuit seeks class-action status. Citing fraud at UNC and elsewhere, it accuses the NCAA of not doing enough to promote academic integrity in college sports.