Found August 21, 2012 on BeyondUSports:
PLAYERS: Julius Peppers
TEAMS: Chicago Bears
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Peppers Donates $250,000 to UNC Scholarship Program

Chicago Bears defensive lineman Julius Peppers has donated $250,000 to a University of North Carolina scholarship fund in what looks to be an attempt to help repair his damaged image.

This past week hasn’t been too kind to the former Tar Heel. The Pro-Bowl defensive lineman’s college transcript was leaked on the UNC school website and many have questioned the rigor of Pepper’s education.

Per reports, Peppers never had a GPA higher than 1.95, but managed to get a 2.16 in his African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) classes.   The school  seems to acknowledge that these classes may have given an unfair advantage to athletes.  The university even announced that it has launched an independent investigation into its AFAM program as a result.

In the wake of this report, Peppers now donates this quarter of a million dollars to the Light on the Hill Society Scholarship fund for African-American students.

A skeptic might say that Peppers’ latest charitable endeavor might just be an act to save face in this public relations disaster.  In fairness, though, Peppers has donated to this scholarship fund before and continues to claim that there was no academic malfeasance on either his part or that of the university.

In a statement to the Chicago Tribune Peppers said,

“I can assure everyone that there is no academic fraud as it relates to my college transcript. I took every course with qualified members of the UNC faculty and I earned every grade whether it was good or bad.”

The last few years have been trying for the UNC football program.  At a school where academics and athletics are equally valued, it’s hard to imagine where the school will go from here.   Coach Larry Fedora knew of these challenges when he decided to accept the head coaching position at UNC.  Now, he needs to show leadership at a time when the integrity of the school has come into question.

Julius Peppers/photocredit: wsau.com

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