08/20/2012 09:17 am ET

Widening U.N.C. Scandal Prompts Independent Review -

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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.