Thursday, January 27, 2011

UNC promotes NCAA compliance director

North Carolina is promoting Amy Herman to associate director of athletics for compliance effective Feb. 1, the school announced this morning.

Herman has served as the school's assistant athletic director for compliance and is in her 11th year as an employee of the school's athletic department.

She will assume all responsibilities associated with directing the compliance program.

The promotion for Herman, a native of Owensville, Mo., comes as the school awaits word of whether it will be sanctioned by the NCAA for numerous violations that occurred in the football program.

Fourteen players missed at least one game and seven missed the entire 2010 season as a result of impermissible benefits and academic misconduct found in an NCAA investigation that began in July.

“Amy’s new responsibilities are a result of the compliance review that we are conducting, as well as recognition of the outstanding job Amy has done in handling compliance issues throughout her tenure,” Baddour said in a statement released by the school. “She has been most effective in managing the issues surrounding the recent NCAA investigation.”

Baddour said in November that the school would hire an additional employee in the compliance office as a result of its review of the violations that led to the NCAA action. At that time, Baddour said the new employee would oversee scholarships and financial aid to allow Herman to handle rules education, monitoring of agents and extra benefits, and other responsibilities.

Ken Tysiac

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really? They promoted from within? Talk about a Lack of Institutional Control. When your compliance office fails and manages to have 14 players involved in academic, agent, and other NCAA violations, you don't promote a new head of compliance from within.

Alex said...

I wouldn't normally defend UNC-CH, but the compliance office wasn't at fault in this scandal. They made coaches and players aware of the rules, and then enforced the rules when violations occurred by firing a coach, dismissing some players and suspending others. Until you work in a Division I compliance office (which I currently do), don't be so fast to criticize them for the sins of others.

Anonymous said...

haha@anonymous, the difference between carolina and state is that state has actually been found to have a lack of institutional control. besides, wouldn't want the NCAA poking around looking at CJ Leslie's new Charger, would you?

Disgusted UNC Fan said...

Yeah, the compliance office's education program really seems to be tip top. And their explanation of what is and isn't permissible really seemed to hit home with the tutor program. And they really seemed to be keeping up with their student-athletes as they traveled around the country, stayed in nice hotels, and partied in Miami, all while posting pictures of said exploits all over Twitter and Facebook. Wasn't it Baddour who gave a talk about social media about 6 months before this story broke?

Sorry, when 14 students, at least one coach, a tutor (possibly others) are all involved, this goes beyond a couple "rogue" rules breakers and demonstrates a culture of non-compliance.

Even if no-one within the department is at fault (impossible to believe), the idea of promoting from within is an absolute absurdity.

Anonymous said...

@Alex - That's funny. I work in a compliance office too. I've never been promoted for failing at my job though.

kantstanzya said...

"Done a good job at compliance control" Did I miss something this past fall? This was a group with their heads in the sand that should be fired.

But that is what makes a government job so great. You can never be so incompetent as not be promoted. She'll probably have a big pension and retired by the time UNC gets off probabtion.

Anonymous said...

@ Alex - Great comment!!

When it comes down to it, people are responsible for their own actions. I manage a company with over 300 employees. If somebody screws up they are either reprimanded or terminated.UNC disciplined the offending individuals and I feel have handled this entire investigation very well. Don't blame the many for the actions of a few. Especially when you are dealing with teenagers.

Anonymous said...

The kids broke some rules and were disciplined. It is not like they killed somebody at UNC. That happened over at NC State when a Wolfpack fan murdered 2 fans who were tailgating outside Carter Finley. Now THAT is a compliance problem.

Michael Bacon said...

Yes, 14 students were suspended for some number of games. Most of those students were found guilty of such horrifying offenses as taking $20 worth of inappropriate benefits, spending the night at a former teammate's house, and letting a former teammate put a plane ticket on his credit card, then paying him back a week later.

The offenders who actually took non-trivial benefits all played under one coach who was dismissed as soon as the improprieties were uncovered.

This incident is a black eye to UNC and is rightly being trumpeted by UNC haters as an institutional embarrassment. There's no need to make it out to be worse than it already is.

I'll repeat my call for Davis to voluntarily return one year of his supplementary salary to the University.

Anonymous said...

I hope she notices this time if players such as Big Marv take off for Miami, Vegas, pro training facilities, accepting jewelry, etc. Oh, did I miss that last year? UNC-CHeat fumbles once again.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many wolfies Super Mario flew out to Houston.

Anonymous said...

So with all the troubles at UNC, and many more to come surrounding compliance, UNC decides to promote someone who was asleep at the wheel the first go-round. Yea. That's a bad decision.

Anonymous said...

Most of the people throwing out Lack of Institutional control comments should really think about what it means to manage an entire athletic program at a public University with a large sports budget and then take a step back before commenting. There are hundreds of athletes at UNC and several tutors employed by the University. 14 players and 1 tutor is a small percentage when you look at the whole picture. And the football coach was fired not because he has been convicted of doing anything wrong, but of not being truthful to the head coach or athletic department about his relationship with an agent.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

UNC-CHeat apologists are out in force. The amount of corruption within the athletics department and even the administration is staggering. Coverups and everyone has lawyered up over at UNC-Cheat. Have they no shame? At the BOT head is concerned what this does to FB recruiting. Pathetic!

Esteban said...

Don't worry. Keep Butch. Time for TOB to make it 5 in a row come this fall. I hope they continue this "investigation" for many more months. Funny the "wholier than tho" Tarhole fans are out in full force. THIS ISNT TRUE, wahhhhhhhhh wahhhhhhhhh we are better than you wahhhhhhhh wahhhhhhhh.

Anonymous said...

It seems UNC fans are getting confident since we haven't heard anything from the NCAA in a while. They forget that the FSU investigation took over a year, and it only involved academics. The USC investigation took something like 3 years. The NCAA is busying investigating and will release their findings when they are done...the longer it goes, the worse it seems to this outside observer. If there weren't going to be any punishments, this could have been wrapped up a long time ago,

David B said...

Even if one assumes that the compliance office was not to blame for UNC's woes, I find it incredible that any person who "has served as the school's assistant athletic director for compliance" would be "promoted to associate director of athletics for compliance".
If nothing else, go outside the inbred staff to at least to appear to be serious.

Anonymous said...

For all the Heel apologists who tell you they're Harvard Sunday through Friday and Florida on Saturday, we all see that a no-tradition school like that doesn't get "competitive" fast w/o cutting corners. So much for the "Carolina Way" and all the hot air about how they are such good citizens, do it the right way, academic integrity, etc. Anyone paying attention for the past 30 years knows it's a crock. Please don't talk about the self-induced embarassment is some kind of "adversity" that was brough on by outside forces. It's not a "shame," it's a joke. But for everyone who loves Butch, keep him. Here are the numbers that matter: 31-27, 41-10, 28-27 and 29-25. Hope you're proud of your football "savior." You guys keep counting player's stars, five loss seasons and let me know when you beat State or get ranked at the END of the year. Thanks Marvin!

Anonymous said...

She'll do better this time with a promotion. Perhaps, she can be a scape goat that can take this bullet for the team? Everyone knows that UNC doesn't need to cheat to lure top recruits to win National Championships, that's why they hire Paul Davis to be in charge. The Carolina Way doesn't involve doing any time for any crime, so just consider this a minor roadblock in the quest for Greatness. Let's change the Mascot to Teflon Heels, since that fits better and not as nasty as pine tar.

Anonymous said...

In Butch We Trust, he wouldn't like to us, Holden Thorp and Mr. Baddour don't see any problems of the institutional control, so why should the general public?

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