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Fraud charge against former UNC African and Afro-American Studies head Julius Nyang’oro dropped

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One of the key figures in the North Carolina academic fraud scandal was Julius Nyang’oro, the former head of the school’s department of African and Afro-American Studies. With the allegations that athletes were taking no-show classes and receiving credit for classes they didn’t take, Nyang’oro was indicted on charges of obtaining property by false pretense (receiving pay for classes he did not teach) and fraud.

Thursday, due to Nyang’oro’s cooperation with the investigation, the fraud charge was dropped by Orange County (NC) District Attorney Jim Woodall. Ken Wainstein, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP who conducted the independent investigation into the allegations of academic fraud, supported Woodall’s decision to drop the fraud charge.

“We understand that District Attorney Jim Woodall has dismissed the pending criminal charge against Julius Nyang’oro, in part due to the cooperation Dr. Nyang’oro has provided to our investigation into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” Wainstein said in the statement.

“As DA Woodall has explained, Dr. Nyang’oro has fully cooperated with our investigation. He has met with us on multiple occasions, he has answered all of our questions regarding the academic and athletic dimensions of the irregular courses offered in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and he has provided important insights and information we would otherwise not have received. In sum, his cooperation has contributed significantly to the progress that our investigation has made to date.”

While this development is good news for Nyang’oro, the UNC athletic department isn’t out of the woods just yet regarding its academic issues. With former player Rashad McCants going public with his academic issues in recent weeks the NCAA announced that it will reopen its investigation.

And with this being the case, would Nyang’oro be a person NCAA investigators attempted to contact? That remains to be seen.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.

VIDEO: Seton Hall players have their 80s hip hop knowledge tested

Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead, left, sits next to head coach Kevin Willard during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Creighton, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Creighton won 81-65. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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If you grew up during the 1980’s, get ready to feel old.

Seton Hall, which has won it’s last three games, hosts Georgetown Saturday on what is also “80’s Night.” Of course we’re at the point where athletes playing in these games were born after that decade passed, which makes quizzing them on the 80’s that much more entertaining.

Friday John Fanta of the Pirate Sports Network quizzed Isaiah Whitehead, Derrick Gordon, Khadeen Carrington and Ish Sanogo on their knowledge of 80’s hip hop, and outside of a couple correct guesses it did not go too well. Best part of the video: Whitehead asking “is this Run DMC?” after each song.

It’s just a matter of time until we’re old enough to watch college basketball players struggle to identify some of the songs of the 1990’s.