More than three years later, the NCAA determined that its investigation into academics at the University of North Carolina was much ado about nothing.
In a report released on Friday morning, UNC was cleared of wrongdoing by the NCAA in an academic scandal that lasted more than 18 years, with more than 3,100 students enrolling in bogus classes in the African and Afro-American Studies department.
While the NCAA argued that the courses were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible, the university countered that the irregular courses were available to all students.
In a report issued by former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein in 2014, it was determined that student-athletes made up 47 percent of the enrollments in the classes.
Ultimately, that defense stood up.
"While student-athletes certainly benefited from the courses and ASPSA assistance, the record indicates that similar assistance was generally available to all students," the NCAA report says.
This story will be updated.