If any sanctions are to befall the North Carolina football program, they’ll come from an entity other than the university.
Following a meeting with the school’s board of trustees Thursday morning, Chancellor Holden Thorp said UNC has no plans at this time to impose sanctions on themselves. An NCAA investigation into impermissible benefits as well as alleged academic fraud is nearing its conclusion and, shortly, UNC will hand over its findings to the NCAA’s enforcement staff.
At that point, it will be up to determine what, if any, sanctions the school will face.
“We feel good about where we are,” Thorp said this morning. For the sake of the football program, and in light of the fact they will be doing no self-sanctioning, Thorp had better cross his fingers that the NCAA feels as good as the institution does about the situation.
Also this morning, Thorp gave yet another vote of confidence to head coach Butch Davis, who in some corners is viewed as sitting atop a very hot seat given the embarrassment and harsh scrutiny his players — and one of his now-former coaches — has brought upon the school.
“We have found no information that Coach Davis was involved in any of the problems that have surfaced, and I know he feels a lot of responsibility for what has happened,” the chancellor said.