The NCAA will begin an immediate probe into allegations of grade-fixing at North Carolina State contained in a book which reportedly details abuses within the school's basketball program, chancellor Bruce Poulton said Friday.

"They have agreed to this quick investigation because they recognize the importance of these allegations to the integrity of North Carolina State University and it's faculty," Poulton said."We are hopeful that, once they begin, we can persuade them to investigate all the allegations carried in the press in recent days - even though the book might not have yet been published."

Simon & Schuster, the publisher of the book, "Personal Fouls," said Friday said it would further look into charges made by the author, Peter Golenbock.