Judge drops NCAA from lawsuit filed by ex-UNC athletes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has granted the NCAA’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two former North Carolina athletes seeking to hold college sports’ governing body at least partly responsible for the school’s long-running academic fraud scandal.

In a ruling signed Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated attorneys for former women’s basketball player Rashanda McCants and ex-football player Devon Ramsay hadn’t proven that the NCAA had a legal obligation to ensure the soundness of classes offered at UNC and elsewhere.

McCants and Ramsay filed their lawsuit in January 2015 months naming the NCAA and UNC as defendants. That came two months after an independent probe conducted by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein outlined nearly two decades of irregular courses featuring GPA-boosting grades in a department popular with athletes.

NCAA spokeswoman Emily James didn’t immediately return an email for comment Friday afternoon.


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