Tuesday, June 7, 2011

UNC receives formal notice of NCAA inquiry

North Carolina has received a formal notice of inquiry from the NCAA regarding the ongoing investigation of the school’s athletics program.


The letter states that the NCAA enforcement staff intends to complete the investigation this month.

Signed by vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach, the letter says the possible violations primarily involve the football program, but says new information often is developed during an investigation that leads to expanded inquiries.

Dated June 7, the letter was delivered overnight to UNC chancellor Holden Thorp. The university released the letter to the media.

Since last June, the NCAA has been investigating impermissible benefits and academic misconduct in the UNC athletics program. Fourteen players missed at least one game and seven missed the entire season in 2010 as a result of the investigation.

“The notice of inquiry is a formal notification from the NCAA that they have been reviewing our football program,” North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour said in a statement released by the school. “We have been working with the NCAA and cooperating with them on this investigation. We are committed to the process and will continue to cooperate.”

A letter of inquiry is largely a procedural step for the NCAA that now often is sent to schools near the end of an investigation rather than at the beginning. In UNC’s case, NCAA officials contacted the school by telephone on June 21, 2010 and first conducted on-campus interviews of football players on July 12.

The NCAA’s process for informing schools of actual infractions involves a notice of allegation that describes what the enforcement staff is alleging. The school has 90 days to respond to a letter of allegation, and the Committee on Infractions rules on whether violations occurred and hands out penalties.

A year ago, the NCAA’s investigation of North Carolina began with word that players had received impermissible benefits on trips to Miami, Washington, D.C., and California. Associate head coach John Blake resigned Sept. 5 as reports of his relationship with the late sports agent Gary Wichard emerged.

On Aug.26, UNC announced that the investigation had expanded to include suspicions of academic misconduct related to the work of a former university tutor. The tutor, later identified as Jennifer Wiley, also had worked for Tar Heel head coach Butch Davis.

In the fall, UNC officials sent letters to Wiley and a former player, Chris Hawkins, disassociating them from the program for their participation in alleged violations of NCAA rules.

Davis has said he was unaware of the violations when they were occurring, and UNC administrators have supported him. Baddour has said repeatedly that UNC officials have done their best to cooperate with NCAA investigators, who have made multiple trips to campus.


Ken Tysiac

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nothing to see here, move it along folks... All those problems are in the past, Bad Coach resigned, NFL stars hired, and UNC is sorry it happened, so give it a rest!

Anonymous said...

And yet somehow the NCAA was able to figure out in less than two weeks that Cam Newton had no idea his dad was selling him to the highest bidder. I don't see how you can believe anything they have to say.

Anonymous said...

Shut the UNC sports program down! How is Davis still employed by the University of North Carolina?

Charlanta said...

Can't see too much on the penalty side except for a couple of scholarships for 3 years and vacating wins and records from 2009 (eg., Hakeem Nicks). Heels did a good job managing NCAA expectations.

Anonymous said...

All of this for a truck load of mufflers.

Anonymous said...

Davis and UNC got caught cheating. This is a classic case of loss of institutional control, if not for the famous tweet by Austin, they would not have been caught. Yet, they are getting credit for sitting players? UCS got slammed because of one player. Only a couple dozen players, the coaching staff and the tutoring system was guilty here and they walk. Now that's consistent.

Anonymous said...

lets see if ive got this straight,

last year all the goats on here were bragging about how well UNC cooperated with the ncaa. they all said the worst was over and the ncaa wouldnt add further sanctions due to UNC sitting 14 players. all you goats swore up and down the worst was over. make no mistake about it, getting the NOA is a huge black eye for UNC. i love how she eludes to the fact that it was just the football team, but other things could turn up as well. i could care less what the sanctions are, the fact that UNC is now UNCheat is priceless but the funniest part about this entire thing is watching the boosters/rams club and entire faculty at UNC selling their soles for a 17-17 acc record. cheating to lose, it doesnt get more pathetic than that.

Anonymous said...

"Can't see too much on the penalty side except for a couple of scholarships for 3 years and vacating wins and records from 2009.

Even if this is "all" - how proud you must be of of UNC. Butch Davis is an embarrassment to the ACC. Either too stupid to know what's going on, or to corrupt to care. Which is it?

Anonymous said...

Just shut down all athletics at UNC.

Charlanta said...

"Even if this is "all" - how proud you must be of of UNC. Butch Davis is an embarrassment to the ACC. Either too stupid to know what's going on, or to corrupt to care. Which is it?

I am very proud of UNC and always will be. However, Butch was asleep at the wheel and did not treat the situation with the grave severity it should require. That does not mean that the University is bad or wrong. As so many have said, UNC got caught. And guess what, FL, GA, AL, AU, NCSU, MU, etc. all cheat in some shape or form. "If you ain't cheating, you ain't tring". Good for NASCAR you know.

Anonymous said...

Charlanta, apply that theory to life in general and see how far you get. i guess in your eyes the only thing UNC did wrong was getting caught.

Charlanta said...

", apply that theory to life in general and see how far you get. i guess in your eyes the only thing UNC did wrong was getting caught.".

I did and still do adhere to that theory periodically and am very happy and prosperous thank you very much. I just don't hide behind a veil and act holier than thou.

Anonymous said...

charlanta, its a pretty sad world we live in when one can brag about cheating and act as if thats an accomplishment. as for hiding behind a veil, i could make up a screen name and hide behind that too. its obviously working for you.

Anonymous said...

I just don't hide behind a veil and act holier than thou.

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nope a stupid screen name works just fine for you to hide behind.

Anonymous said...

Charatlanta? Is that you Marvin Austin?

Same "theory" is what got him canned. Great at his "job" and prosperous, but his cocky approach to being above the rules fried him.

UNC is a cheater school - in sports and class. F. em'.

Anonymous said...

This is the beginning of the end.

Of UNC relevancy in football....

Anonymous said...

"This is the beginning of the end.
Of UNC relevancy in football...."

It can't be since they never were relevant. UNC-CHeat: The most corrupt athletics and school administration staff in the NCAA.

Anonymous said...

You can now start counting the days until the Butch-error is over in Chapped Hole.

Charlanta said...

"charlanta, its a pretty sad world we live in when one can brag about cheating and act as if thats an accomplishment. as for hiding behind a veil, i could make up a screen name and hide behind that too. its obviously working for you."

You posted under anonymous and think that I am hiding. Holly cow, you must be a moron or went to NCSU or some incredibly strong quasi community college.

Anonymous said...

UNCheat sold their souls for couple tire bowls and losses to State!!! Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

charlanta, whats the difference between posting under "anonymous" or using an alias? guess they didnt teach a common sense class at the private school you attended.

it shows.

Anonymous said...

NCAA needs to look closely at Clemson. Probably the cheatingist school in the south. Tell us C.J. Spiller wasn`t rewarded handsomely for staying his senior and for turning down Fla. in the first place.

chandra said...

Thank you for your treatment of this wonderful subject.

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