For the past two years, North Carolina officials have liked to talk about getting past the scandal that landed it in N.C.A.A. hot water, embarrassing a university that likes to believe it is one of the few doing things “the right way.” The embers of the era of Butch Davis as the football coach showed that things had gone seriously off the rails, and now they have gotten only worse with the apparent leaking of Julius Peppers’s eye-opening transcript, which indicates the academic fraud stretches back a lot longer than the Davis era.
The university’s chancellor, Holden Thorp, on Thursday announced that an independent review, headed by former Gov. James G. Martin, would look into the situation and determine whether academic fraud stretched back further than 2007, which was the starting point for the violations that landed North Carolina on its current N.C.A.A. probation.
“Obviously a lot of people are concerned that our review didn’t go back far enough,” Thorp said, according to The Raleigh News & Observer, “and we’ve come to the conclusion that we’re not going to satisfy people’s interest in that if we don’t have an objective firm and an objective individual.”