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Monday / July 22.
  • By AARON BEARD

    (AP) – North Carolina has avoided major penalties after an NCAA infractions committee panel “could not conclude” there were academic violations in the multi-year case focused on irregular courses.

    In a report released Friday morning, the panel said it found only two violations out of five charges the school originally faced: a failure-to-cooperate charge against two people tied to the problem courses in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department.

    Former AFAM chairman Julius Nyang’oro faces a five-year show-cause penalty through 2022 in what amounts to the sole penalty imposed in the wide-ranging case filled with starts, stops and twice-rewritten charges. Nyang’oro had refused to interview with NCAA investigators after the case was reopened in 2014.

    Simi Shittu will be on a college campus at this time year next but he doesn’t plan on staying for long.

    Shittu, the 6-foot-10 power forward from Vermont Academy and CIA Bounce, hopes to be a one-and-done college player.

    NBADraft.net currently has him projected as the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, while ESPN’s Jonathan Givony does not have Shittu in his 2019 mock.

    Asked if it was his goal to be one-and-done, Shittu said Thursday by phone, “Yeah, it is.”

    According to 247Sports, Shittu is ranked as the No. 8 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 1 player from the state of Vermont. Playing with CIA Bounce on the Nike EYBL Circuit, Shittu averaged 20.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game, in 16 games played, and was named to the All-Peach Jam first team. In three games at Peach Jam, Shittu averaged 20 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.

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