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UNC academic advisor-turned-agent defends client Peppers' grades


08:22 AM ET 08.18 | When a transcript bearing Julius Peppers' name came into public view earlier this week, some wondered how an athlete with such poor grades could have remained eligible to play football and basketball at the University of North Carolina. Peppers, though, did enough to pass through a system that didn't require even academic mediocrity. The transcript, once publicly accessible on UNC's website, showed that Peppers received D's or F's in 11 classes, began his college career with a 1.08 GPA in his first semester, never raised it above 1.95 and yet was never academically ineligible. He came close, though. Peppers ended his spring semester in 2001 with a 1.82 GPA, according to the transcript. According to UNC's minimum academic eligibility standards for athletes then, Peppers would have needed a GPA of at least a 1.9 to play football in the fall of 2001. According to the test transcript, Peppers in the spring of 2001 appears to have received a B-plus in one course -- Black Nationalism -- in which he originally received an incomplete. He also appears to have received an A in the summer of 2001 in an African and Afro-American Studies seminar. Peppers remained eligible thanks to courses from the AFAM department, which has recently come under scrutiny after an internal UNC investigation uncovered 54 suspect AFAM courses between 2007 and 2011. The problems in those courses ranged from no-show professors to unauthorized grade changes. Carl Carey Jr., who is Peppers' agent and former academic counselor at UNC, declined Friday to discuss specifics of Peppers' transcript. But Carey said it wasn't uncommon during his years at UNC for athletes to find themselves tip-toeing a line -- eligibility on one side and ineligibility on the other. Carey, who worked as a UNC athletic department academic counselor from 1998 to 2002, also said it was "irresponsible" to suggest that Peppers was given fraudulent grades so he could remain eligible.

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August 18, 2012  08:41 AM ET

John Blutarsky was an offensive lineman on that UNC squad with a GPA of 0.0. And, as we all know, he is a U.S. Senator today.

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August 18, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Wow, this thread has the potential to get a bit ugly.

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August 18, 2012  09:37 AM ET

How do you have a GPA of 0.0?

It takes a lot of work. But none of it is school work.

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August 18, 2012  09:46 AM ET

B-21 Bingo-roll your chair up to the table and get your prize a new set of one size fits all chews.

Que quieres pendejo?

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August 18, 2012  09:56 AM ET

The first 21 months encompass what the Bible calls the seven Seal Judgements. or the Judgements of the Seven-Sealed Scroll. Then comes another 21 month period in which we will see the 7 Trumpet Judgements. In the last 42 months of this 7 years of tribulation, if you have survived, you will endure the most severe tests, the 7 Vial Judgements. That last half of the 7 years is called the Great Tribulation, and if you are alive at the end of it, you will be rewarded by seeing the Glorious Appearing of Christ.

This would be accurate from my recollection.

August 18, 2012  09:58 AM ET

probably the best post that will be on this site.

Sure beats any of yours.

August 18, 2012  09:59 AM ET

This would be accurate from my recollection.

You've already been through it?????

I figure I'll be raptured and won't have to go thru that.... :)

August 18, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Ya'll be careful about what you post here about Peppers....if he could read he might get angry....

August 18, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Sure beats any of yours.

Put the fork down, step away from the table and quit feeding the troll....

Can you guys name the other trolls we had on here last year.


August 18, 2012  10:01 AM ET



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