NCAA COI Hearing Statements

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UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp and Director of Athletics Dick Baddour issued statements after appearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis.

Chancellor Holden Thorp:
"Today marked another important milestone for the University as we move closer to ending a difficult chapter in the history of Carolina athletics. We're grateful to the members of the Committee on Infractions and the NCAA staff for a fair hearing and the opportunity to discuss our response to the notice of allegations. The University was well represented by an outstanding team that did an excellent job.

"We have acknowledged violations and accepted responsibility for making mistakes. We have cooperated with the NCAA's enforcement staff and proposed appropriate sanctions. We have great respect for the NCAA review process and for the time and effort committee members put into preparing for today's meeting and deliberating about a decision. We look forward to learning the committee's ruling."

Director of Athletics Dick Baddour:
"I'm certainly glad that this day is behind us. It was another step in dealing with mistakes that were made and helping the University and athletic communities move forward. I appreciate the opportunity to meet with the NCAA staff and committee and address our case in person. The hearing was conducted fairly, and we were forthright and detailed in our responses. On behalf of the department of athletics, I want to thank the University's team for its efforts and advice in guiding us through this process.

"On one hand, I regret that one of my final acts as director of athletics was to represent the University at this type of hearing, but at the same time I'm glad I had the chance to personally address the committee and help the University as we near the end of this process with the NCAA.

"There are so many inspirational and wonderful stories that involve Carolina students, faculty, student-athletes, coaches and staff. I hope with all my heart that we can begin to move beyond this unfortunate period in our history and continue to build an even more special University."

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Today's hearing was closed; the proceedings are confidential. The NCAA is the best source for details about the committee's decision process. Other UNC representatives were Lissa Broome, faculty athletics representative; Amy Herman, associate athletic director for compliance; and Leslie Strohm, vice chancellor and general counsel.

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