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Investigators meet with woman at center of probe against UNC

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CHAPEL HILL (AP) - A woman at the center of North Carolina's multi-year academic scandal has interviewed with NCAA investigators after previously declining to cooperate in the probe.

Raleigh attorney Elliot Abrams said Wednesday night that his client - Deborah Crowder - met all day with investigators. Crowder is a retired office administrator in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department.

The probe centers on irregular AFAM courses featuring significant athlete enrollments.

UNC was due in March to respond to five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control. But the case hit one of its many delays after Abrams wrote the NCAA to say Crowder, who graded many of the papers in the problem classes, was willing to talk with investigators.

Crowder also filed an affidavit defending the courses' quality.

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