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ACC's Swofford: Academic fraud concerns 'never arose' during time as UNC's athletic director

  • Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

    Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams answers a question at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

    North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams answers a question at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina's Brice Johnson answers a question at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

    North Carolina's Brice Johnson answers a question at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)  (The Associated Press)

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says there were no red flags indicating academic fraud was being missed or ignored at North Carolina while he was the school's athletic director.

Swofford made the comments at the league's basketball media day Wednesday, a week after an outside investigation detailed wide-ranging fraud in a UNC academic department popular with athletes.

The report outlined specifics of the ongoing scandal, including sham courses with artificially high grades from 1993 to 2011.

Swofford, UNC's AD until 1997, says it "never arose as any issue at all" and that if it had, the school would have addressed it.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams later said he has no plans to retire amid the scandal and wants "to be part of the solution" going forward.