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UNC receives Notice of Allegations from NCAA

Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:57 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

In June 2010 the NCAA began to investigate the North Carolina football program in regards to possible violations regarding players receiving impermissible benefits. After a tumultuous season that saw 14 players miss at least one game (with seven missing the entire season), the first steps of closure can begin with this multi-pronged investigation into the North Carolina football program.

The official Notice of Allegations (you can see the full letter here on TarHeelBlue.com), includes nine different allegations.

Three (3) of the allegations are against former North Carolina 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.
- Blake marketed athletic abilities of student-athletes to agent Gary Wichard
- Blake received outside income that he did not report to the institution

Two (2) of the allegations are against former North Carolina tutor Jennifer Wiley:

- Unethical conduct for refusing to provide information to the NCAA enforcement staff and to the institution
- Wiley provided extra benefits to student-athletes in the form of ravel and parking expenses, and tutoring.

The rest of the allegations: - Allegations of fraud against student-athletes and the tutor
- Allegations that student-athletes received preferential treatment and accepted impermissible benefits
- 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 triggered by agent legislation.

The notice of allegations tells the school the alleged NCAA violations the enforcement staff found during the investigation process. The school has 90 days to respond, though they may request more time. After the school issues their response, a hearing date is set with the Committee on Infractions. The Committee on Infractions meets about six times a year, usually lasting for two to three days over a weekend. Most recently the committee heard cases related to Boise State and Tennessee. Ohio State, the grandaddy of NCAA cases these days, is currently scheduled to go before the committee on Aug. 12.

The NCAA requested that the school limit public comments on the details of the investigation and the Notice of Allegations until the hearing before the Committee on Infractions, which has been set for Oct. 28. However, head coach Butch Davis did offer a statement in the official release.

“I feel terrible that these allegations occurred under my watch," Davis said. "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."

Chancellor Holden Thorp also took responsibility for the allegations, but also credited the football program's cooperation with the NCAA during this year-long process.

“I deeply regret that Carolina is in this position," Thorp said. "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.”

It is not until after the hearing the Committee on Infractions will put together their final report, which will include the penalties for the violations. Different forms of NCAA sanctions include reduced scholarships, postseason bans, vacated wins, recruiting restrictions, and television bans. In recent cases Michigan. USC, Florida State, Texas Tech, and Alabama have received some form of NCAA sanctions.

Comments

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:41 pm
 

UNC receives Notice of Allegations from NCAA

I certainly hope we see the same EXTREME, DETAILED media coverage when OHIO STATE receives their "allegations" from the NCAA.
Where the heck have you been? tOSU received their notice of allegations on April 25th...  Hence the media storm that created numerous stories, countless stories, in which dirt-digging writers have made numerous false allegations of their own.  Do you read?

I will be SHOCKED if the "suck-eyes" get more than a slap on the face...it will be interesting to compare the two schools.
The Buckeyes have already been slapped in the face, repeatedly and shamelessly by lying sports writers and idiotic haters such as yourself. The NCAA will punish the Buckeyes athletics program in according with precedence.  As for your interest in comparing the NCAA allegations of the two schools, that's easy enough to do right now.

The NCAA is charging Ohio State with one violation of rule 10. That being Tressel's not disclosing the emails he received from the attorney (Cicero), and lying about having any knowledge of possible NCAA infractions by players when he signed the NCAA form at the start of the season in the fall of 2010 (a form signed by all coaches).  That's all there is for tOSU, one violation.

The NCAA is charging UNC with NINE violations, including TWO violations of rule 10 (unethical conduct), as well as violations of academic misconduct (special "tutoring"), unauthorized student-agent contacts, which were facilitated by UNC staff (Assistant Coach), as well as students receiving unauthorized benefits.

Comparing the two cases, it is clear that UNC has many more violations of a much worse nature.  The single violation by Tressel was discovered and immediately self-reported by the university to the NCAA (which is why there is no charge of lack of institutional control).  The university learned of those emails and reported them in late March, and received their notice of allegations in just one month because they were working together with NCAA investigators throughout the process from the very beginning.  None of UNC's violations were discovered or self-reported, which is why it has taken a FULL YEAR since the NCAA began their investigation in June 2010 to finally receive their notice of allegations.  The Assistant Coach and the Tutor both have failed to cooperate, and Butch Davis has claimed that he barely knew his assistant coach or his crooked methods with agents.

So, this comparison makes it perfectly clear that UNC's violations is much much worse than tOSU's.  But, since the Buckeyes are the flagship of the Big Ten Conference, the press has been on a witch hunt against them to gain sensationalized press exposure.  By contrast, UNC has been irrelevant to the Big Stage of NCAA football, and stories about their violations just don't garner the same coverage.  But when the punishments are handed out, you shouldn't be surprised when UNC's punishments will be much more severe, because their violations are much more severe.





Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:07 pm
 

UNC receives Notice of Allegations from NCAA

Very good story!

But Butch Davis (216) barely knew John Blake.  In 2009 he told how well he remembers John in his high school Biology class when John was 15 years old.  I'd guess the young man's (Blakes) family moved there from Illinois.  Of course John and Butch Davis were both on Jimmie Johnson's Dallas staff and John was Davis' Associate Head Coach hire at UNC-Chapel Hill but.....Butch hardly knew John Blake or his methods.  Butch had no idea John was working with Whichard while at UNC although John Blake and Whichard were business partners prior to him being hired at UNC.  Blake's cell phone shows Davis' 216 cell phone making calls to Blake while Blake is with Whichard.  Butch knows nothing about the many rules broken at UNC....nothing.



Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:17 pm
 

UNC receives Notice of Allegations from NCAA

I certainly hope we see the same EXTREME, DETAILED media coverage when OHIO STATE receives their "allegations" from the NCAA.

I will be SHOCKED if the "suck-eyes" get more than a slap on the face...it will be interesting to compare the two schools.


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