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NCAA ready to sniff around UNC once more

Tommy Hibbard

The NCAA is heading back to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. UNC has received a notice of inquiry from the NCAA that an investigation into academic concerns will officially be reopened in light of new evidence and reports concerning academic problems in the university’s athletics department.

The NCAA released the following statement Monday afternoon;

“The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was cited by the Division I Committee on Infractions in 2012 for violations in its athletics program, including academic misconduct. As with any case, the NCAA enforcement staff makes clear it will revisit the matter if additional information becomes available. After determining that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might be willing to speak with the enforcement staff, the NCAA has reopened its investigation. The enforcement staff is exploring this new information to ensure an exhaustive investigation is conducted based on all available information. The NCAA will not comment further to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

The university released a statement confirming a notice has been received by the school, but there will be no more comments from UNC about the investigation until it is completed.

In February UNC hired Kenneth Wainstein, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney, to lead the outside investigation focusing on lingering academic concerns following the NCAA’s original investigation. UNC previously disputed a report by CNN suggesting a number of student-athletes at the university were unable to complete college level work and faced problems of illiteracy. Former defensive end Michael McAdoo later claimed he was guided to no-show classes by a counselor hired by the university.

All of this information was reported after the NCAA wrapped up its initial investigation, but as with most investigations conducted by the NCAA there is always a statement confirming the case can be reopened if needed. Now it appears the NCAA has access to more information and may be able to get to talk to some witnesses or other people of interest who may have been unavailable or unwilling to cooperate previously.

What does this mean for UNC football? For now it is best to wait and see how deep the NCAA can dig at this time. The program may be able to get by without any punishments too severe for the program after already paying dues for previous incidents. As long as Larry Fedora has been running a clean program since being hired, the damage this investigation causes could be minimal. But if the NCAA finds similar problems still ongoing, it could be quite a different story.

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5 Responses to “NCAA ready to sniff around UNC once more”
  1. ducksk says: Jun 30, 2014 5:49 PM

    Who is kidding who here? Every D1 program is full of academic farces. Ask any “student” athlete who is honest. NCAA should be turned upside down and shaken, instead they pick a few high profile schools now and then to make people think they actually are doing something. They are a complete sham.

  2. jpiro says: Jun 30, 2014 9:44 PM

    Huge difference between what goes on at many schools (copious amounts of tutoring & test prep, coupled with easy class schedules and the occasional paper being written for someone) and what’s alleged to have gone on at UNC.

    Here, you’re talking about entire classes being fabricated that athletes could sign up for, never attend (because the class never existed at all) and get credit for—sometimes (McCants) even be named to the honor roll.

    Not sure about you, but I’ve never heard about that before. Ever.

  3. chachooga says: Jul 1, 2014 1:55 AM

    How bout NCAA go after UF and Urban Meyers….you know when they covered up for Aaron Hernandez after he shot a dude in the face in Gainseville….go after the freakin SEC for once.

  4. nashvolian says: Jul 1, 2014 9:28 AM

    How bout NCAA go after UF and Urban Meyers….you know when they covered up for Aaron Hernandez after he shot a dude in the face in Gainseville….go after the freakin SEC for once.

    With Lane Kiffin now in Tuscaloosa, just give it time and your wish will be granted.

  5. scbaby2013 says: Jul 2, 2014 3:33 PM

    They don’t do nothing to the SEC…. Case in point -just ask Adrian foster

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