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Holden Thorp cans Butch Davis, then commits secondary violation himself

Holden Thorp, Dick Baddour, Butch Davis AP

When UNC chancellor Holden Thorp fired former head coach Butch Davis last week, he explained that the nine NCAA allegations against the university had tarnished its reputation, part of the “cumulative effect” that led to Davis’ release.

But in a slightly humorous turn of events, Thorp has also apparently committed an NCAA violation.

The violation isn’t really anything serious in nature, but given the, well, “timing” of the whole thing, it’s a little bit embarrassing.

In a press release handed out by the UNC today, Thorp admitted that he committed a secondary NCAA violation when speaking to the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer about Davis offering an athletic scholarship to his son, Drew Davis, without consulting Thorp or athletic director Dick Baddour.

Under NCAA bylaws, university officials are not allowed to address prospective student-athletes by name until they’ve signed a Letter of Intent.

Below is the release:

“Yesterday I honestly answered a specific question asked by a reporter about a scholarship offer to a prospective student-athlete. I am advised that acknowledging the scholarship offer was an NCAA Level II Secondary violation, which I regret. In accordance with NCAA policy the University has voluntarily reported this to the ACC.” 

Background: By NCAA definition (bylaw, a secondary violation is one that “that is isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant impermissible benefit (including, but not limited to, an extra benefit, recruiting inducement, preferential treatment or financial aid).” Most secondary cases are self-reported either by the institution or through a conference office.

Again, not a huge deal, but just a little bit ironic.

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7 Responses to “Holden Thorp cans Butch Davis, then commits secondary violation himself”
  1. cubano76 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:32 PM

    When it rains it pours!

  2. goforthanddie says: Aug 6, 2011 1:33 AM

    Doesn’t seem very ethical to offer your own kid a ball scholarship. Also kinda stupid, I imagine the kid could’ve gotten a free ride w/o burning a football scholarship.

  3. jesse1834 says: Aug 6, 2011 9:12 AM

    What a complete idiot!!! This guy also needs to be shown the door.

  4. stoopwitzer says: Aug 6, 2011 10:05 AM

    What a complete idiot!!! This guy also needs to be shown the door.
    yeah! fire a guy for speaking off the cuff and inadvertently breaking a rule that nobody gives two squirts of piss about.

    just a thought but maybe this shouldn’t be the end all litmus test for ineptitude. I imagine the University might have one or two other data points that might resonate just a wee bit more… maybe.

  5. grouper8 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:58 AM

    NCAA Violations:

    Holden Thorp – 1
    Butch Davis – 0

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 6, 2011 10:59 AM


    *slow clap*

  7. seanb20124 says: Aug 6, 2011 3:15 PM

    Wonder if kid was deserving of UNC scholly, or just favor to pops you have to figure it is like giving daddy a 100K loan

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