The University of North Carolina’s academic fraud scandal has deepened and widened, and local officials have done the sensible thing in locating a fall guy. A brief refresher on why they need one: In December, an investigation officially found what had seemed probable from Julis Peppers’unintentionally public transcript: That many students, but particularly student-athletes, had received GPA-boosting grades in essentially bogus classes. They were passing despite being dramatically beneath the academic standards (as in, suffering from“serious literacy deficits”) that ostensibly prevail at UNC. Former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin led an investigation into UNC that turned up a lone solid mitigating factor for UNC’s administration and athletic department: some “athletic officials and academic support officials” had “raised questions with the Faculty Committee on Athletics” about these easy-A classes in the past. Earlier this month, Martin and his team of investigators retracted that finding.