The NCAA verdict is in. UNC football will receive a one-year bowl ban next season, will lose 15 scholarships over three years and receive three years of probation for major violations. The sanctions, slightly worse than those received by Ohio State, were about what was expected. Former assistant John Blake will receive a show cause penalty for three years.
UNC did not receive a “lack of institutional control” charge, resulting in a penalty that hurts but should not be crippling for new coach Larry Fedora. North Carolina will also vacate wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Those viewing record books will be scandalized.
Recapping North Carolina’s violations briefly…
Runner: Football assistant John Blake was a runner for deceased agent Gary Wichard. He received $31,000 in outside income and did not disclose a $45,000 payment from 2007.
Improper Benefits: Players accepted around $27,000 from multiple sources during 2009 and 2010.
Obstruction: One player misled investigators about who paid for trips he took in 2009 and 2010.
Academic Problems: A tutor named Jennifer Wiley provided 142 hours of free tutoring, a $150 plane ticket, $1,789 in parking fines, improperly wrote parts of and did research for papers and tried to evade the NCAA’s investigation.
Failure to Monitor: The university monitored neither the players nor the facilities adequately and should have noticed and investigated potential violations.
Previously: Butch Davis Has Been Fired by North Carolina
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