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As previously reported by Inside Carolina , the notice contains allegations of nine violations of NCAA bylaws. The school self-reported four of the violations, while the NCAA is alleging the other five violations.
“I deeply regret that Carolina is in this position,” Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a press release. “We made mistakes, and we have to face that. When the investigation started a year ago, we pledged to cooperate fully with the NCAA, to go where the facts took us, and to face the issues head on. Our level of cooperation is evident in the allegations, some of which arise from facts that we self-reported to the NCAA. We will emerge with a stronger athletics program, and we will restore confidence in Carolina football.”
North Carolina avoided the dreaded lack of institutional control tag, as well as a failure to monitor of former assistant coach John Blake. The school was saddled with a failure to monitor of three different items – former player Chris Hawkins, social networking activity and not adequately following up on information from a student-athlete indicating a risk of improper benefits.
Three violations center on former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley, who is charged with academic fraud during the 2008-10 school years. Wiley provided approximately $3500 in impermissible benefits to nine different student-athletes, including $1,789 in paid parking fines on Aug. 20, 2010, $150 for an airline ticket in May 2010, and 142 hours of free tutoring after her employment ended, valued at $1,562.
Three other violations pertain to Blake, who is charged with refusing to provide information relevant to the investigation. Those allegations include tax records from 2005-10, details regarding a $45,000 deposit on Dec. 26, 2007 and inquiries on three different occasion as to whether or not he was employed by Pro Tect Management as an agent or runner.
Blake is cited for not reporting $31,000 in income from ProTect Management from May 2007 through October 2009. The NCAA also alleges that Blake partnered with agent Gary Wichard to represent individuals in the marketing of their athletic abilities in violation of NCAA investigation from 2007-10.
The other two violations pertain to student-athletes that earned headlines last fall. In 2009-10, seven football players received $27,097.38 in impermissible benefits. Former players Marvin Austin ($13,507.47), Robert Quinn ($5,642.92) and Greg Little ($5,040.20) account for the large majority of the benefits.
Austin was also cited for providing false information regarding his involvement or knowledge of matters relevant to violations during interviews with NCAA investigators on July 12 and Aug. 4-5.
“We are disappointed to be in this position because it goes against everything we believe in, but we are thankful to get to the next step in the process,” Athletic Director Dick Baddour said in a release. “These are the issues that we have been dealing with since last summer. We will gather the information the NCAA has requested and prepare to address the notice with the NCAA in the fall. We have a strong staff that will help get us through this and put us in a position where we will be a better athletic department as a result. Our fans have been through a lot this past year, and we appreciate their continued patience and support as we work through these next steps with the NCAA.”
Head coach Butch Davis also provided comments in a release, saying, “I feel terrible that these allegations occurred under my watch. I especially regret that the university has had to endure this scrutiny because of the football program. The responsibility for correcting any problems that put us in this position is mine, and I take that responsibility very seriously.
“I want to thank our fans for the tremendous support we have received. Their loyalty and support has been especially appreciated by our student-athletes. The opportunity I have to serve the University of North Carolina is one that I cherish, and I will continue to focus on improving every aspect of our football program.”
Davis's name does not appear on any of the notice's 26 pages.
North Carolina’s hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions is set for Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Thorp, Baddour, Davis, faculty athletics representative Lissa Broome and compliance director Amy Herman are all expected to attend the hearing.
Vice President of Enforcement Julie Roe Lach indicated in her letter to Holden Thorp that a summary disposition – an informal meeting that takes the place of a hearing – “does not appear appropriate.”