When North Carolina announced in late August that the NCAA had told school officials that no NCAA rules had apparently been broken in the scandal surrounding its Afro and African-American Studies Department, it was also pretty clear it wasn’t the end of the case.
NCAA president Mark Emmert reiterated that to CBSSports.com on Monday.
"We'll continue to monitor the situation and see what the facts are as they unfold from the investigations that [UNC] is involved with," Emmert said. "... And [then we'll see] if there's anything further that we need to do at that time."
Back in late August, the university said in a statement that although the NCAA had reaffirmed that no NCAA rules appeared to have been broken, it wasn’t through communicating with the NCAA about the academic questions in the department. Concerns about the department came to light when UNC made public an internal probe in May, finding that 54 AFAM classes were either "aberrant" or "irregularly" taught from summer 2007 to summer 2011. The courses included unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls, and limited or no class time.
More than 50 percent of the enrollments in those classes were athletes, and more questions about more classes -- and how so many athletes ended up in those classes -- have been raised since the original probe.
“University officials will continue to keep the NCAA informed as developments warrant," the school said as part of the late-August statement.
And there are potential developments still to come. The Board of Governors continues to review UNC’s original investigation. Meanwhile, former NC Governor Jim Martin is heading an independent investigation looking further back than the original four-year probe into the department; his findings could be released at soon as this month.
In other words: it isn't over, yet.
"[North Carolina is] working very diligently to get to the bottom of it," Emmert told CBSSports.com. "We'll just have to see what the facts are as they become clearer."