Lawyer hired in UNC athletics probe gives briefing
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MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- A former federal prosecutor hired to investigate academic irregularities involving athletes at North Carolina says he will follow the evidence wherever it leads.

Ken Wainstein spoke Friday to the UNC Board of Governors. He was hired in February to determine the facts around the creation of "paper classes" in the African and Afro-American Studies department and the extent of their use by student athletes.

Wainstein's appearance comes two weeks after former Tar Heel basketball star Rashad McCants claimed he played on the school's 2005 national championship team despite not performing any academic work or attending classes. McCants' allegations are the latest in a scandal that began as an offshoot of a 2010 NCAA investigation into the university's football program.

Wainstein said he hopes to complete his report by the fall.

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