As expected, the UNC Tar Heels have formally reinstated linebacker Allen Artis to the team. The reinstatement comes soon after charges related to an alleged sexual assault were dismissed by the district attorney’s office last week.
UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham announced the reinstatement with a statement on Thursday, thus following through on his previous comments regarding the future of Artis. Cunningham suggested Artis was eligible for reinstatement once the charges were dropped, but was unsure what the timeline for that reinstatement would be. Cunningham said last week a discussion with Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora would have to be conducted to determine the timeline.
Artis had previously been on an indefinite suspension from the program once the charges were filed, which is a customary policy for any college sports program with a player mixed up in any legal circumstances. UNC chose not to rush to a judgment and kick Artis out of the program before the legal process played out. Artis was also cleared by a UNC Title IX investigation.
What remains to be seen is whether or not Artis will be punished by the program in any internal way, including a suspension during the regular season. That is not atypical even when a player is legally cleared, but it may also be something that is not disclosed to the public if such a punishment is handed out.