Hakeem Nicks, one of the all-time great wide receiver in North Carolina history, will have all of his school records marked with an asterisk following the revelation that he competed while academically ineligible in 2008. Records show that the now New York Giants star received "improper academic help" from a tutor implicated in the NCAA scandal at UNC – a scandal the NCAA referred to as "academic fraud."
Nicks holds several Tar Heels records including career receiving touchdowns with 21 and career receiving yards with 2,840, as well as yards in a single season with 1,222 and touchdowns in a season with 12, both of which he accomplished in 2008. He also holds records for career receptions with 181 and the season record with 74 (2007).
“We have no knowledge of [his ineligibility] whatsoever,” Nicks' agent Peter Schaffer said. “[And] it’s low on the totem pole of relevant issues.”
The asterisk that appears next to Nicks' records will now be accompanied with a note that reads "participation later vacated due to NCAA penalty."
Back in 2010, Nicks also had his name come up during the NCAA investigation as one of three former players who provided “impermissible assistance” to current athletes by way of travel, lodging, entertainment and other expenses valued at approximately $3,300. However, there was never any evidence linking Nicks to agents, prospective agents or runners. The three merely thought they were "helping their friends out."
Nicks has not yet made any comments on the situation.
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