North Carolina to investigate posting of Julius Pepper's transcript



North Carolina is investigating how what appears to be a transcript for former football star Julius Peppers surfaced on the university’s Web site.

In a statement Monday, the school said it has removed the link and that it wouldn’t discuss confidential student information covered by federal privacy laws. The school didn’t confirm the authenticity of the transcript, which lists Peppers’ name at the top.

The link, which surfaced late Sunday, showed Peppers received some of his highest grades in classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM). A school investigation has since found fraud and poor oversight in 54 AFAM classes between summer 2007 and summer 2011, with football players making up more than a third of the enrollments and student-athletes making up 58 percent of the overall enrollments in those suspect classes.

Nine of the 10 classes in which Peppers earned a B-plus, B or B-minus came in the AFAM department.


ALABAMA: The Crimson Tide secondary is undergoing another makeover after losing three NFL Draft picks, including a couple of high selections.

Alabama navigated a similar situation in 2010. This time it is trying to replace first-rounders Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick and fifth-round pick DeQuan Menzie.

Defensive backs are Nick Saban’s particular area of expertise since he works with them daily in practice, so the Crimson Tide has plenty of recruits vying to join returning starter Robert Lester in the playing rotation.


UCLA: Linebacker Patrick Larimore is giving up football because of concussions.

Larimore, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior, led the team in tackles last season.