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Hakeem Nicks’ Senior Season at North Carolina Deemed Ineligible

New York Giants star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is having his senior season at the University of North Carolina deemed ineligible due to some improper academic help he received during the 2008 season from a tutor.

Nicks holds several records at UNC, but those records will now be shown with an asterisk in the North Carolina media guide. Nicks essentially holds every major record for a wide receiver for the Tarheels. He is the career and season touchdowns, yards and receptions leader. Although the records will not be wiped clean, it has to hurt to have them qualified with an asterisk.

The tutor implicated with Nicks was involved with the scandal that caused several of UNC’s top players to miss all or part of the 2010 football season. Giants backup defensive tackle Marvin Austin was also tagged for receiving improper benefits and missed the entire 2010 season. UNC vacated its wins and statistics for ineligible players from 2008-09 after the NCAA’s investigation.

Nicks has emerged as one of the best wide receivers in the game and while this is a small blip of trouble from his past, this should blow over fairly quickly. He has had back to back 1,000 yard seasons despite not playing a full 16 game schedule in each of them. Injury concerns have been raised considering he broke his foot during mini-camp, and he has now had to deal with an injury in each of his four years in the NFL.

Hopefully he can put those and this problem behind him and get back to dominating opposing defenses, sooner rather than later.


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