Aug 26, 2010
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The University of North Carolina self-reported academic infractions involving several members of the football team and a former tutor to the NCAA, school officials said Thursday.
The infractions involve a tutor who is no longer with the school, officials said. The infraction is separate from the ongoing NCAA investigation of alleged improper contact between athletes and coaches on the football team and sports agents.
"During the course of the joint investigation by the NCAA and the university into possible agent violations we have learned of a situation that includes possible academic misconduct involving a former undergraduate tutor and student athletes on the football team," Chancellor Holden Thorp said during a press conference on Thursday.
Athletic Director Dick Baddour said that the university does not know the extent of the violations but that they "are somewhere between the middle and the beginning of this investigation."
"We're proceeding with this as fast as we know how," Baddour said.
Baddour would not comment on how many players are involved but said head football coach Butch Davis will need to make some decisions about who will be playing in upcoming games.
Baddour added not to make assumptions about who does not play in game one as it may not relate to the investigation or infractions.
InsideCarolina's Greg Barnes joined 99.9 FM The Fan Thursday afternoon and said several players are involved.
"We’ve heard as few as six and as many as 12 (players) and we’re trying to narrow it down," Barnes said.
According to InsideCarolina, the players involved were relegated to the scout team at practice on Wednesday.
“There are definitely some names in that starting lineup that have been relegated to the scout team," said Barnes. "We obviously don’t know the severity of it though.”
Davis confirmed that the tutor in question was also hired by his family to tutor his son, and said he is cooperating fully with the investigation.
During the press conference, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp gave Davis and Baddour his vote of confidence.
Davis canceled his previously scheduled media availability before practice Thursday afternoon after reports surfaced that UNC uncovered academic issues involving the football program and a tutor.
North Carolina closed a previously open practice session Thursday after the report surfaced.
- Posted by Rdi73162Carolina will clean this up. Poor Thorpe looked embarrassed that this was happening on his watch. Davis looked like a deer caught in headlights. We didn't really learn a lot tonight. And Tom Preston07 is dead on. It's tiring to read all the junk on here when I'd really like to hear honest debate and info.- Posted by tommybrownnc
there`s where the problem lies tommy, you wont get real info until this thing
is resolved, but there`s 100`s of web news, blogs, twits, sources, that
can speculate and twist what they think is going on to sound like the
world is coming to an end, and dont forget the stuff thats just flat made-up
the "honest" debate you seek is nothing more than one side of the fence is hoping for and the other is hoping against, and that never goes long before it`s, "oh yeah, well up yours then" if you get what i mean. and again, thats because there`s
very little actual facts out, or this thing would be coming to an end soon and i dont believe it is.
it must really be tough being a wulfie fan. the only thing that excites you is something that happens in chapel hill.- Posted by HockeyRules
green really should be your color