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UNC Q&A: Answers to some key questions ahead of NCAA ruling

Posted October 12

— Questions are flying less than 24 hours from the release of the NCAA Committee on Infractions report on UNC's multi-year academic case.

WRAL reporter Mandy Mitchell has answers to some of the key questions.

What will the NCAA release on Friday?

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions, led by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, will release its ruling after the NCAA charged UNC in 2015 with five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control.

Why is the NCAA investigating?

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.

Why has this taken so long?

Not an easy answer. The NCAA released an initial notice of allegations in this round of the UNC case in 2015, leading to a response from UNC and then two follow-up notices over the last two years.

Following the notices, UNC officials made their case to the NCAA in an August hearing.

Will the coaches be reprimanded?

We'll have to wait and see. No coaches were named in the report, but the NCAA has varied in its approach in terms of punishment. UNC could lose wins or have scholarship restrictions, but it may not cost anyone their job – at least not right away.

Will WRAL be live as this happens?

Yes, the NCAA is expected to have a conference call at 1 p.m. to discuss its report. That conference call will be streamed live on WRAL.com and the WRALSportsFan app and WRAL Facebook page.

Will UNC sue following the decision?

The next opportunity for UNC to respond will be to appeal it to the NCAA. That would lead to another hearing and a decision is made, then it becomes final. Legal action would happen after the appeal.

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