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UNC vacating Nicks' 2008 statistics

Image: Hakeem Nicks with North Carolina Tar Heels in 2008 (Dale Zanine/US Presswire)
Hakeem Nicks had set a school record with 1,222 yards receiving in 2008.
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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP)

North Carolina is vacating former receiver Hakeem Nicks' statistics from 2008 because he was ineligible that season.

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Team spokesman Kevin Best said Friday that Nicks' records and stats from that year will remain in the media guide but be noted with an asterisk.

Best did not give a reason why, though privacy laws prevent the school from discussing in detail any player's involvement in the NCAA's review of academic misconduct in the football program.

The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported Nicks' ineligibility.

Nicks, now with the New York Giants, set school records with 2,840 career yards receiving, 21 career touchdown receptions and 1,222 yards receiving in 2008.

UNC vacated its wins and statistics for ineligible players from 2008-09 after the NCAA's investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.

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