UNC mum on Internet report on NCAA probe

School awaits NCAA notice

Staff WriterJune 5, 2011 

University of North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said Saturday that he would not respond to an Internet report citing unnamed sources that said the NCAA has informed school officials that a notice of allegation regarding the school's football program will arrive on or around June 10.

Since last June, the NCAA has been investigating improper benefits and academic misconduct on the part of UNC football players.

"I'm committed to this process," Baddour said Saturday. "To me, this process means that we, I, won't speculate and I won't respond to leaks. And when we have facts, I'll release that to the public and to all the media at the same time."

Citing multiple unnamed sources, Inside Carolina reported that UNC expects the notice of allegations to highlight nine infractions, including failure to monitor violations regarding former associate head coach John Blake, former tutor Jennifer Wiley and former player Chris Hawkins.

Inside Carolina wrote that North Carolina is expected to avoid a lack of institutional control charge. Baddour wouldn't comment on any details.

"When we have facts, when we have something to report on anything dealing with the investigation, we'll let the public know," he said.

A school has 90 days to respond to an NCAA notice of allegation. Football team spokesman Kevin Best also declined to comment on the report.

"We don't know when we're going to receive any documentation from the NCAA," Best said.

Fourteen players missed at least one game, and seven missed the 2010 season in relation to the NCAA's investigation. Blake resigned after his ties to the late sports agent Gary Wichard were disclosed in media reports, and the school sent disassociation letters to Wiley and Hawkins for providing impermissible benefits.

But the NCAA has yet to provide notice on what sanctions, if any, the UNC football program might face.

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