INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs against Antwaun Molden #27 of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Current New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was deemed ineligible by the NCAA in 2008 for receiving improper academic help.
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was deemed ineligible while playing at the University of North Carolina according to a report by Andrew Carter and J. Andrew Curliss from the Charlotte News & Observer.
NCAA documents showed the Nicks received improper academic help from a tutor in the spring of 2008 who was later implicated in an NCAA investigation for academic fraud.
Nicks' career and single-season records will now be shown with an asterisk in the North Carolina record books and his achievements will have "participation later vacated due to NCAA penalty." added to his biography.
Nicks was one of six UNC football players implicated in the investigation, which led to the dismissal of then head coach Butch Davis. The Tar Heels were also docked scholarships and were not allowed to participate in postseason playi in 2012.
Nicks caught 181 passes for 2,840 yards and 21 touchdowns while at North Carolina.