UNC Football: Hakeem Nicks Was Ineligible In 2008, According To Report

The only role former North Carolina star receiver Hakeem Nicks has played in the years-long Heels academic scandal has been that of an alleged enabler, not a partaker. He passed along around $3,000 worth of benefits to younger players, according to UNC, and we haven't really heard from him since.

Until this News & Observer report that alleges, "NCAA documents show that Nicks received improper academic help in the spring of 2008 from a tutor implicated in the NCAA scandal at UNC."

This doesn't appear to mean new NCAA trouble, but rather a revelation of yet another item the public is just now finding out about.

His agent predictably downplayed the item to the paper, and Nicks' various school records will still stand, albeit with asterisks next to 2008. He holds the career receiving yardage, single-season receiving yardage and career receiving touchdowns marks for the Tar Heels.

For more on UNC football, visit North Carolina blog Carolina March.

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