Investigation Timeline

Inside Carolina
Posted Mar 12, 2012


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina provides a detailed breakdown of the events that have occurred since the NCAA requested interviews with North Carolina football players on June 21, 2010.

June 21, 2010 – UNC receives interview notice forms from the NCAA, which requests to interview student-athletes.

July, 12-13, 2010 – NCAA investigators arrive on campus and conduct several interviews with North Carolina football players.

July 15, 2010 -- Inside Carolina first reports that the NCAA is investigating the North Carolina football program.

July 19, 2010 -- Inside Carolina reports that senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin and senior wide receiver Greg Little are at the forefront of the investigation.

Aug. 4, 2010 – NCAA investigators return to Chapel Hill for a second round of interviews.

Aug. 9, 2010 -- Yahoo! Sports reports that that NCAA investigators are focusing on ties between UNC associate head coach John Blake and prominent NFL agent Gary Wichard.

Aug. 26, 2010 -- Inside Carolina reports that the NCAA investigation has expanded into possible academic misconduct pertaining to a tutor and various football players. The woman in question had also worked as a tutor for head coach Butch Davis' son.

Less than an hour later, North Carolina closes its football practice to the media and the University calls an emergency press conference to address the situation. Chancellor Holden Thorp, Baddour and Davis all address the media that evening.

“During the course of the joint investigation of the NCAA and the University into possible agent violations, we learned of a situation that includes possible academic misconduct involving a former undergraduate tutor and student athletes on the football team,” Thorp said.

Aug. 31, 2010 – NCAA investigators return to Chapel Hill to interview Blake.

Sept. 1, 2010 – Davis suspends Austin indefinitely, but states that the suspension is not a result of the NCAA investigation.

Sept. 3, 2010 – One day before the season opener against LSU, UNC declares six football players ineligible for the game and holds six more out while their eligibility is determined. The six deemed ineligible include Austin, Little, junior cornerback Charles Brown, senior cornerback Kendric Burney, junior defensive end Michael McAdoo and junior defensive end Robert Quinn. The six held out include senior tailback Shaun Draughn, junior defensive end Linwan Euwell, junior safety Brian Gupton, senior tailback Ryan Houston, senior safety Da’Norris Searcy and junior safety Jonathan Smith.

Sept. 5, 2010 – Blake resigns after four seasons at UNC, saying in a release that “my presence has become a distraction to my family and to this great University, too.”

Sept. 13, 2010 – UNC announces that Draughn is cleared to play.

Sept. 22, 2010 – The NCAA decides that Burney, who received $1,333 in benefits, must miss six games and make repayment of $575.19 to a charity of his choice. Williams, who received $1,426 in benefits, must miss four games and make repayment of $450.67 to a charity of his choice.

Sept. 23, 2010Inside Carolina asks Baddour if he has second-guessed the school’s decision to fully cooperate with the NCAA in light of more serious punishments than expected.

“I remain convinced that the way we approached it is the right way and the only way for the University of North Carolina to approach it, and that’s with a sense of cooperation,” Baddour said. “I will do everything within my power to see that this institution is not cited for a lack of institutional control or for being unethical in its cooperation with the NCAA. I think for them to put the institution in a position where the NCAA would cite us for not being cooperative just would be a condition that I couldn’t tolerate for the University of North Carolina.”

Sept. 30, 2010 – UNC announces that Searcy is cleared to play after being held out of three games.

Oct. 1, 2010 – The NCAA denies the appeals for Williams and Burney.

Oct. 9, 2010 – UNC announces that it will hold junior fullback Devon Ramsay out of the Clemson game due to information gathered as part of the NCAA investigation. Smith will also miss the remainder of the 2010 season due to academics.

Oct. 11, 2010 – UNC dismisses Austin from the football program for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. Little and Quinn are ruled permanently ineligible for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. According to facts submitted by the University, the total value of the benefits is approximately $4,952 for Little and $5,642 for Quinn.

Oct. 14, 2010 – Senior tailback Ryan Houston is cleared to play after being held out of five games while UNC and the NCAA worked to determine his eligibility.

Oct. 16, 2010 – Junior defensive end Linwan Euwell is cleared to play after being held out of five games while UNC and the NCAA worked to determine his eligibility. Junior safety Brian Gupton is suspended for the remainder of the 2011 season due to academics.

Oct. 26, 2010 – Burney is cleared to play after sitting out six games for violations of NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules and missing another game while UNC and the NCAA worked to determine his eligibility.

Nov. 15, 2010 – The NCAA rules junior fullback Devon Ramsay and junior defensive end Michael McAdoo permanently ineligible. Baddour suggests “the facts of the case simply do not support permanent ineligibility” and indicates that UNC will appeal the decisions.

Dec. 15, 2010 – UNC postpones Devon Ramsay’s appeal hearing, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 16, 2010.

Feb. 9, 2011 – The NCAA denies Michael McAdoo’s appeal for reinstatement.

Feb. 17, 2011 – The NCAA announces that no violation has occurred in the case of Devon Ramsay and that he is immediately eligible to return to competition. The NCAA cites “new information” as the reason for the change.

Mar. 11, 2011 – North Carolina announces that senior cornerback Charles Brown must sit out the first game of the 2011 season and repay benefits in the amount of $86.94 as a condition of becoming eligible to play again, per the NCAA reinstatement staff.

June 7, 2011 – North Carolina announces that it has received a notice of inquiry from the NCAA, representing the official beginning to its investigation into UNC’s football program that actually began roughly 12 months earlier.

June 21, 2011 – The NCAA sends the University its Notice of Allegations. The notice contains allegations of nine violations of NCAA bylaws. UNC self-reported four of the violations, while the NCAA allege the other five violations.

Three violations center on former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley, who is charged with academic fraud during the 2008-10 school years. Three other violations pertain to Blake, who is charged with refusing to provide information relevant to the investigation, including not responding to inquiries on three different occasions as to whether or not he was employed by Pro Tect Management as an agent or runner. Two violations focus on seven football players that received impermissible benefits, while the final violation details failure to monitor charges pertaining to former player Chris Hawkins, social networking activity and not adequately following up on information from a student-athlete indicating a risk of improper benefits.

July 27, 2011 – Davis is fired just eight days before the start of training camp. Chancellor Holden Thorp admits during a press conference the next day that the timing of Davis’s firing was “terrible” and offered the following explanation:

“I made the decision in the fall that I was going to support Coach Davis and his efforts to support the football program. But I can no longer overlook the fact that what started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University’s integrity. I cannot stand for that. We can’t get better without making a change.”

July 28, 2011 – Defensive coordinator Everett Withers is promoted to interim head coach.

Sept. 19, 2011 – North Carolina releases its response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations. In this report, UNC self-imposes three key penalties:

  • "... the University will vacate all victories by the football program during the 2008 and 2009 seasons."

  • "The University will reduce by a total of nine the number of both initial and total grants-in-aid over a three-year period"

  • "The University will self-impose two years of probation beginning on the date this response is submitted."

North Carolina agrees that eight of the nine allegations were all “substantially correct” and that violations of NCAA legislation occurred, but disagrees with Allegation No. 9(b), which states that “the institution did not adequately and consistently monitor social networking activity.”

Sept. 21, 2011 – UNC’s athletic department updates its policy on monitoring student-athletes’ use of social networking and social media websites to include additional evaluation by team monitors.

Oct. 28, 2011 – UNC officials travel to Indianapolis for the school’s NCAA Committee on Infractions hearing.

Mar. 12, 2012 – The NCAA releases UNC’s final infractions report 136 days after the COI hearing.



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