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Rules, enforcement on Chancellor Thorp's agenda at retreat

Posted August 9, 2011

— NCAA President Mark Emmert took to the podium about 1 p.m. Tuesday in front of roughly 80 people representing universities across the country to kick off a two-day retreat to discuss the direction of the NCAA governing body. Included in that group were Duke Athletics Director Kevin White and University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp.

The retreat, held at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, is focusing on three key areas over the two days. Issues of fiscal sustainability in Division I schools with diverse budgets and spending models was discussed Tuesday.

Chancellor Thorp in unique position at NCAA retreat Chancellor Thorp in unique position at NCAA retreat

In the meeting Tuesday, President Emmert said the NCAA will never go to a "pay for play" model, but they are researching information on multi-year scholarships and stipends.

Wednesday's meetings will address continued expectations for student-athlete academic success including initial eligibility standards, academic fraud and other topics as well as institution accountability and integrity.

All three areas of discussion are of particular interest to Thorp. UNC is one of a handful of universities across the country at the Division I level that has come under recent investigation by the NCAA. Allegations of against the UNC football program include academic improprieties, agent dealings and illegal benefits. Thorp and other representatives of UNC will be back in Indianapolis again on Oct. 28 for a hearing on the allegations.

One of the things that Thorp wants to address while at the retreat is how the NCAA handles enforcement after violations are found.

“Obviously that’s something that we’ve been experiencing in Chapel Hill. Are there ways we can do that better?” Thorp said. “There’s been a lot of discussion about the collegiate model. Could we do something that could help the student-athlete have a more normal college life?

“And then just the rulebook in general, the NCAA has got a pretty extensive rulebook,” Thorp continued. “And, you know, it’s hard. You know there are people coming in to get all those rules straight.”

Last week, Thorp found out firsthand how numerous the rules are. In an interview with the Raleigh News & Observer, he responded to a question about a prospective recruit and subsequently self-reported a Level II violation for the remarks. Asked if that is an example of how cumbersome the rules can be, Thorp responded, “Do we need to strengthen education or do we need to simplify the rule book or a little bit of both? I think that’s some of the things we will be talking about (at the retreat).”

Thorp said that NCAA President Emmert has done a smart thing by inviting university presidents, chancellors and athletic directors together to develop solutions that will best benefit all Division I universities.

“Across the country, universities are struggling with balancing athletics and their academic mission,” Thorp said. “I think the NCAA has been under a lot of scrutiny, and I think the presidents and chancellors are the people that control what happens to the NCAA.”

Thorp also said that despite the recent NCAA investigation that has now stretched over a year, he is confident in his position.

“Leading a university like Carolina is an incredible privilege and opportunity and we’re doing great,” Thorp said. “This is a bump in the road towards greatness for our institution.”

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  • Mr. French Aug 10, 5:49 p.m.

    llsmithiii nowhere to be seen since calling me out this morning.

    He's busy polishing his crystal ball so he can continue enlightening us. LOL!

  • NCSU84 Aug 10, 12:58 p.m.

    Hope he pays attentions during these meetings.

  • cwood3 Aug 10, 12:09 p.m.

    Chancellor Thorpe's nose is so brown it's not funny. He has 3 jobs there. First, he's trying to save the program from major penalties( he's probably late for that). Second, he's trying to look proactive toward fixing the issues at hand. Third, he's trying to do the first 2 things to save his own job!!

    Again I ask, 13K in parking tickets and who knew -or did'nt know!! Either one looks to poor-if any-institutional control of the program!! That's not good!!

  • Mr. French Aug 10, 11:38 a.m.

    Good to see this. This should serve Chancellor Thorp well in his MANY YEARS AHEAD at UNC-CHeat... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    says the NCSU fan. NCSU fans love the way HT has killed UNC football and I don't blame them. ... View More

    — Posted by louis

    Look up "sarcasm." Knowing its definition might come in handy on message boards.

  • solomonsdad1 Aug 10, 11:12 a.m.

    How about making FOLLOWING THE RULES part of your agenda?!?!

  • louis Aug 10, 11:10 a.m.

    Good to see this. This should serve Chancellor Thorp well in his MANY YEARS AHEAD at UNC-CHeat... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    says the NCSU fan. NCSU fans love the way HT has killed UNC football and I don't blame them. Folks at UNC need to wake up and smell the coffee. When your rivals think your Chancellor is doing a great job, it tells you a lot

  • The Gooch Aug 10, 9:52 a.m.

    Good to see this. This should serve Chancellor Thorp well in his MANY YEARS AHEAD at UNC-CHeat... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    Link to Carolina being "the most corrupt program in the NCAA." Just giving you a... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    Oh goody. Gladly. See:... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    Bahaha, nice. I will go ahead and preemptively ask for a link to your link's link for Smitty.

    Place head back into the rear-end that is UNC-CH and inhale deeply that delicious Carolina Way.

  • jerrysloan57 Aug 10, 9:20 a.m.

    Good to see this. This should serve Chancellor Thorp well in his MANY YEARS AHEAD at UNC-CHeat... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    Link to Carolina being "the most corrupt program in the NCAA." Just giving you a... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    how about you providing a link where any other school in the history of ncaa football has 9... View More

    — Posted by shakennotstirred

    llsmith has been wrong about everything he's predicted since this all started last summer. I... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    He is not Greg Barnes,HE IS A ID!OT AND A DUMBAZZ TO BOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr. French Aug 10, 9:05 a.m.

    Good to see this. This should serve Chancellor Thorp well in his MANY YEARS AHEAD at UNC-CHeat... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    Link to Carolina being "the most corrupt program in the NCAA." Just giving you a... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    how about you providing a link where any other school in the history of ncaa football has 9... View More

    — Posted by shakennotstirred

    llsmith has been wrong about everything he's predicted since this all started last summer. I think he must be Greg Barnes.

  • shakennotstirred Aug 10, 9:02 a.m.

    Good to see this. This should serve Chancellor Thorp well in his MANY YEARS AHEAD at UNC-CHeat... View More

    — Posted by Mr. French

    Link to Carolina being "the most corrupt program in the NCAA." Just giving you a... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    how about you providing a link where any other school in the history of ncaa football has 9 major violation (to date) at the same time and fired the asst coaches, head coach, athletic director, soon to fire chancellor, players suing the school, boosters suing the school, etc... You are so blind, your keyboard has to be braile...

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