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UNC legal fees exceed $467K during NCAA investigation

Posted July 13, 2012

— Legal fees for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the course of an NCAA investigation into the football program totaled nearly half a million dollars, according to the school Friday.

From the start of the NCAA investigation in June 2010 to the hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis in Oct. 2011, UNC paid $467,406.49 in outside counsel to two law firms. According to the university, no state-appropriated funds were used. All fees were paid from the UNC-CH Foundation Inc. and the department of athletics. North Carolina Logo Archive: UNC football investigations

UNC first hired Rick Evrard of Bond, Schoeneck & King in Overland Park, Kan. In Jan. 2011, the school added William King III from Lightfoot, Franklin and White based in Birmingham, Ala.

According to heavily redacted documents released Wednesday, Bond, Schoeneck & King collected over $66,000 in the first three months of the investigation for services, travel, hotel and other charges. They provided over 260 hours of work charging an average of $255 per hour.

“It’s very common for universities involved in NCAA investigations to hire outside legal counsel,” UNC spokesperson Karen Moon said in an email. “They generally have direct experience in advising universities that are facing such investigations.

King has extensive experience working for other universities, including Auburn and South Carolina, in cases against the NCAA. In the Cam Newton case at Auburn, four months’ worth of legal fees amounted to $170,000. Earlier this year, in an improper benefits case at South Carolina, the school paid over $535,000 in legal fees.

Bond, Schoeneck & King has also aided in previous NCAA cases, including the University of Connecticut where 12 months of aid brought a price tag of over $660,000.

Evrard worked on the NCAA staff as an enforcement representative and as director of legislative services for seven years before joining Bond, Schoeneck & King where he focuses primarily on collegiate sports and compliance cases.

The result of the NCAA investigation into football players receiving impermissible benefits, dealing with agents and academic fraud resulted in the program losing scholarships, vacating wins and being ruled ineligible for postseason play in 2012. In all, 14 players from the football team missed at least one game in 2010.

UNC had had to further use counsel in dealing with a lawsuit brought on by one of the players involved in the scandal, Michael McAdoo. McAdoo is seeking damages, contending that he was improperly ruled ineligible for his senior season which hurt his eventual NFL draft status. His initial suit was dismissed but he has since appealed.

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  • Gunnstigator Jul 14, 10:35 p.m.

    I knew that original figure of $67K had to be way off. And this isn't over yet.

  • heelsforever Jul 13, 8:37 p.m.

    It's a long way from $67,000 to half a million. UNC really had to shovel a lot of RAM stuff... View More

    — Posted by jdupree

    From the guy who says there's not much difference in the UNC situation and the absolutely horrible situation at Penn State. SMH.

  • mac240 Jul 13, 8:33 p.m.

    Chump change for UNC!

  • PacknoPride Jul 13, 6:38 p.m.

    My doctor visit cost me $47 the other day. Is that news too?

    — Posted by fzero

    That is news. How did you get out that cheap at a doctors office. You would be a Congressman for N.C.? Would you?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jul 13, 6:03 p.m.

    SO was the story earlier this week a premature ejournalation?

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Nominated -- post of the week.

    Good one!

  • early exit Roy Jul 13, 5:25 p.m.

    The words redacted and cooperation are synonymous at unc. If they wanted to cooperate they would let Wiley speak. She was shut down by a high priced unc attorney. This attorney told me butch would not be fired either. Hopefully the SBI will turn up multiple irregularities. If so, they have subpoena power. Then the possibility of getting some of these employees that have "retired' or skipped the country might have to go under oath. But that will be of no avail. They will plead the fifth even though they want to oooperate and get to the bottom of this. I keep telling you it is going to get worse.

  • FAN72 Jul 13, 4:51 p.m.

    That is alot of money to prove that a few rogue individuals operated individually with no intent to provide extra benefits or eligibility to athletes.

  • redistrumps Jul 13, 4:45 p.m.

    WOW, it's the UNC way:

    lie, lie, lie

    cover up, cover up cover up

    Unbelivable

  • wrx44 Jul 13, 4:21 p.m.

    UNC has not been open or honest about ANYTHING related to this multi pronged scandal. Why expect anything different now?

  • jdupree Jul 13, 4:05 p.m.

    It's a long way from $67,000 to half a million. UNC really had to shovel a lot of RAM stuff under the carpet to quell this problem. They have made the NCAA Investigation look pretty dumb, especially with the ficticious courses with Professors who deny teaching courses listed under their name. If this was not a lack of Institutional Control and needing the Death Penalty, there should not be one. This has cast doubt on all athletic accomplishments at UNC over the last decade, as the problem has gone on at least that long and involved football and basketball players!

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