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Coming Friday: UNC will receive NCAA Committee on Infractions report

Posted October 12

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive the NCAA's Committee on Infractions report regarding its academic scandal Friday morning, multiple sources told WRAL News.

With Friday's release, UNC will be one step closer to finalizing an investigation that has gone on for more than five years.

The committee's report will be released at noon, and a conference call will follow at 1 p.m. UNC is expected to respond Friday afternoon.

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The ruling comes roughly eight weeks after UNC appeared before the panel in August in Nashville for a two-day hearing. The school faces five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control.

While a ruling could provide resolution, the delay-filled case could still linger if UNC pursues an appeal or legal action in response to potential penalties that could include fines, probation, postseason bans or vacated wins and championships.

In an email to the AP, NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the NCAA would send out a media advisory on the morning of an announcement but had "nothing further to share before then."

UNC spokeswoman Joanne Peters Denny declined to comment in an email, referring questions to the NCAA.

The focus is independent study-style courses in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department on the Chapel Hill campus. The courses were misidentified as lecture classes but didn't meet and required a research paper or two for typically high grades.

In a 2014 investigation, former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein estimated more than 3,100 students were affected between 1993 and 2011, with athletes across numerous sports making up roughly half the enrollments.

The NCAA has said UNC used those courses to help keep athletes eligible.

The oft-delayed case grew as an offshoot of a 2010 probe of the football program resulting in sanctions in March 2012. The NCAA reopened an investigation in summer 2014, filed charges in May 2015, revised them in April 2016 and again in December.

The NCAA originally treated some of the academic issues as improper benefits by saying athletes received access to the courses and other assistance generally unavailable to non-athletes. The NCAA removed that charge in the second Notice of Allegations (NOA), then revamped and re-inserted it into the third NOA.

UNC has challenged the NCAA's jurisdiction, saying its accreditation agency — which sanctioned the school with a year of probation — was the proper authority and that the NCAA was overreaching in what should be an academic matter.

The NCAA enforcement staff countered in a July filing: "The issues at the heart of this case are clearly the NCAA's business."

UNC has argued non-athletes had access to the courses and athletes didn't receive special treatment. It also challenged Wainstein's estimate of athlete enrollments, saying Wainstein counted athletes who were no longer team members and putting the figure at less than 30 percent.

The infractions panel is chaired by Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey and includes former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

When the COI report is released, UNC will have the right to an appeal any potential punishments levied by the NCAA.

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  • James Kirby Oct 13, 10:16 a.m.
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    I suggest reading the NCAA bylaws and coming back to reality Rodney. You're wrong on pretty much everything you said. Since they were available to all students they cant be considered an impermissible benefit for student athletes. You were reaching and the NCAA infraction panel agrees.

    I suggest YOU read and educate yourself on what an impermissible benefit is and what the NCAA bylaws are.

    How does that crow taste ????????

  • James Kirby Oct 13, 10:12 a.m.
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    In a long-anticipated ruling, the NCAA on Friday said it "could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules" in years of paper classes. The NCAA found, as UNC has argued, that the classes benefited all students, not primarily student-athletes.

  • Rodney Hill Oct 12, 4:17 p.m.
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    Jay Bilas not a UNC homer...that's the funniest thing I've heard in a week.

  • Rodney Hill Oct 12, 4:16 p.m.
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    You CHeat fans are funny (read:delusional).

    Classes that never met, had no content and people received A's for are most definitely "fake classes".

    As far as NCAA authority, they have the authority to punish schools for improper benefits. UNC tried to CHeat the NCAA requirements by creating fake classes. Athletes received improper benefits that weren't available to other students. (Yes other students took these fake classes too, but the enrollment was extremely athlete heavy and much more so than any other classes). Improper benefits are most definitely in the purview of the NCAA.

    I suggest reading the Wainstein report if you want to educate yourself on the investigation.

  • Teddy Fowler Oct 12, 2:10 p.m.
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    exactly. I think the NCAA will probably come down hard on UNC but it will easily be overturned in court... but the downside is that it will still be going on for another couple of years possibly.....

  • James Kirby Oct 12, 2:00 p.m.
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    If you want to really dig into it I suggest people read and listen to Jay Bilas who is a genius and far from a UNC homer. He gives the best insight into what the NCAA can and cant do based on their own bylaws. Should be interesting to watch it all play out over the next few years. This wont be done tomorrow. Its just beginning

  • James Kirby Oct 12, 1:58 p.m.
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    Some people are going to very disappointed.......There were no fake classes. These were really easy classes not fake classes. They weren't "just for athletes" or "created for athletes" like so many try and say AND this is outside of the NCAA's jurisdiction. The NCAA themselves have stated they have no authority to judge the academic rigor of course. The NCAA investigators agreed in several emails which is why the charges were reduced before Sankey (the commissioner of the SEC hahaha what a joke) decided to break protocol and process and order the charges be changed. This is a matter for SACS and they already dealt with it. If its anything to do with post season bans and scholarship reductions UNC will appeal and will go to court if need be and they will win.

  • Jimmy Jones Oct 12, 1:01 p.m.
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    UNCCH scandal should include indictments for fraud. Fraudulent classes. Who got paid? Where did this money come from? State funds? Federal funds? This school "cheated" and it "ain't" an excuse that every other school does it too, but hasn't gotten caught. This is just sickening. Sickening. I want to see real repercussions, not nods and winks.

  • Charles Boyer Oct 12, 11:27 a.m.
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    Will the public be informed of the NCAA's findings tomorrow? I think everyone, including UNC's rivals, are ready for this long-running circus to come to a close.

  • Cnc Stone Oct 12, 11:27 a.m.
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    31 hundred students in 18 years boy u ain’t got to be a genius to see the lie in that way more out there running around that didn’t earn it ? Stop lying about it !

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