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North Carolina Notice of Allegations targets John Blake, Jennifer Wiley

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As we posted earlier, the University of North Carolina received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA today following a nearly year-long investigation into the program over alleged impermissible benefits provided to players and academic fraud.

UNC has just sent out the official NOA containing allegations of violation of NCAA bylaws, but here is a quick run down of the allegations:

Allegations against former assistant coach John Blake:

  • Unethical conduct for providing false and misleading information to the NCAA enforcement staff and to the institution and for failure to cooperate with the investigation.
  • Marketed athletic abilities of student-athletes to agent Gary Wichard.
  • Received outside income that he did not report to the institution (NOA claims $31,000).

Allegations against alumna Jennifer Wiley:

  • Unethical conduct for refusing to provide information to the NCAA enforcement staff and to the institution.
  • Provided extra benefits to student-athletes in the form of travel and parking expenses, and tutoring (the allegations claim Wiley paid $1,789 in parking violations on Aug. 20, 2010 for an unnamed student-athlete).

Allegations of academic fraud against student-athletes and the tutor

Allegations that student-athletes received preferential treatment and accepted impermissible benefits (the NOA claims over $27,000).

Allegations against a former student-athlete for unethical conduct

Failure by the institution to adequately monitor the conduct of Chris Hawkins, an individual triggering NCAA agent legislation; the social media activity of the football team for a period in 2010; and possible extra benefits to a student-athlete triggered by agent legislation.

Noticeably absent from the 42-page NOA? Head coach Butch Davis, who apparently had zero clue as to what was going on with all of this.

The following responses were issued by UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp, AD Dick Baddour and coach Davis.

Thorp:

“I deeply regret that Carolina is in this position. We made mistakes, and we have to face that. When the investigation started a year ago, we pledged to cooperate fully with the NCAA, to go where the facts took us, and to face the issues head on. Our level of cooperation is evident in the allegations, some of which arise from facts that we self-reported to the NCAA. We will emerge with a stronger athletics program, and we will restore confidence in Carolina football.”

Baddour:

“We are disappointed to be in this position because it goes against everything we believe in, but we are thankful to get to the next step in the process. These are the issues that we have been dealing with since last summer. We will gather the information the NCAA has requested and prepare to address the notice with the NCAA in the fall. We have a strong staff that will help get us through this and put us in a position where we will be a better athletic department as a result. Our fans have been through a lot this past year, and we appreciate their continued patience and support as we work through these next steps with the NCAA.”

Davis:

“I feel terrible that these allegations occurred under my watch. I especially regret that the university has had to endure this scrutiny because of the football program. The responsibility for correcting any problems that put us in this position is mine, and I take that responsibility very seriously.

“I want to thank our fans for the tremendous support we have received. Their loyalty and support has been especially appreciated by our student-athletes. The opportunity I have to serve the University of North Carolina is one that I cherish, and I will continue to focus on improving every aspect of our football program.”

UNC received a Notice of Inquiry from the NCAA two weeks ago and will have 90 days to respond to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions regarding the aforementioned allegations. The COI would consider UNC’s case during its meeting in late October.

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12 Responses to “North Carolina Notice of Allegations targets John Blake, Jennifer Wiley”
  1. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 10:29 PM

    not sure what will happen here. at least they weren’t paying for recruits to come their way…. chip kelly you sneaky chubby guy you

  2. oregontrash says: Jun 21, 2011 11:10 PM

    No LOIC?! Are you kidding me?

    Hey Ben, why not give your opinion on the North Carolina situation.

  3. bcjim says: Jun 22, 2011 5:19 AM

    Lol!! The NCAA accusing anyone of unethical conduct is rich. Doing so because someone refused to play along with their nonsense and “incriminate” themself is over the top. What possible motivation could”Jennifer” have to talk to them? She’ll be banned from paying parking tickets?

  4. waynefontes says: Jun 22, 2011 9:47 AM

    It is amazing that the NCAA isn’t coming down even harder.. if ever there was a case for it, this is it.

    Just because North Carolina has been, is, and will continue to be a mediocore at best football program is no reason to go easy on them.

    I actually think at this point, Botch Davis may even keep his job.

  5. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jun 22, 2011 11:21 AM

    And people want tOSU to get the death penalty? How in the world do these guys not get LOIC but people want that for us?

    Oh, and I am still waiting for the media onslaught….still waiting.

    Where is Dorhmann? Where is Outside the Lines?

    MEDIA BIAS, welcome back.

  6. jjay9 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    Total LOIC.

    So Botch Davis has his “babysitter” do academic work for the players, but knows nothing about it. I wonder what else his “babysitter” did for him?

    Botch also hires a man he has known for 30 years, but claims he knew nothing about John Blake’s extra income and side job of steering clients.

    Much worse than USC and OSU. The coach condoned academic fraud. His players received extra benefits (cash, bling, trips) and Botch had an agent runner on his staff.

    It is no wonder they are having success in baseball and basketball. If Botch can lose all control and not win, think what the rest of Baddour’s minion coaches are doing.

    Must be taking John Edwards course in ethics.

    UNC, the most corrupt program outside of Alabama.

  7. edgy says: Jun 22, 2011 12:47 PM

    Davis’ biggest problem was hiring Blake, in the first place (I’m STILL not a fan of Kiffin taking Orgeron to USC because I don’t trust him, one bit). I know that it’s hard for people to believe but Butch did a hell of a job of turning Miami around and his successor reaped the benefits and watched the foxes rule the hen house. The school got out in front of this investigation quickly and they pulled kids off the field and let the NCAA determine whether they were eligible or not. They could have taken their chances but they didn’t and I think that the NCAA will take that into consideration.

  8. dexterismyhero says: Jun 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    @angelheartsbuckeyes says:
    ————————————————

    They cheated but couldn’t win. Tosu cheated and won.

  9. downhillrider says: Jun 22, 2011 6:05 PM

    when butch davis is in charge these things will happen. it happened with my hurricanes and its happening at UNC. Carolina basically said we’ll look the other way if you make our football program relevant and this is the result.

  10. edgy says: Jun 23, 2011 2:21 PM

    Baloney – Butch wasn’t the problem at Miami. Miami went back to their old ways after he left for Cleveland and all their problems were related to that. He cleaned up the program…

  11. edgy says: Jun 23, 2011 2:55 PM

    BTW, while I love the guy and think he should be in the Pro Football HOF, I would have loved to see this headline come out of Miami:

    Dolphins can Tuna. :)

  12. brianpmoore says: Jun 24, 2011 5:22 AM

    Everybody’s missing the most important issue here: Is Jennifer Wiley hot or not?

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