A timeline of the NCAA investigation into UNC athletics

STAFF WRITERSSeptember 20, 2011 


July 12-13: NCAA investigators interview UNC athletes, including defensive tackle Marvin Austin and wide receiver Greg Little, regarding whether players received improper benefits from sports agents.

Aug. 26: UNC announces an investigation of possible academic misconduct involving football players and a former undergraduate tutor who once worked for coach Butch Davis.

Sept. 3: UNC declares seven football players, including Austin and Little, ineligible for the season opener against Louisiana State.

Sept. 5: Associate head football coach John Blake resigns.

Sept. 8: Phone records show frequent communications between Blake and sports agent Gary Wichard.

Dec. 2: Through a statement from her lawyer, former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley says, "Coach Davis and his family played no part whatsoever in the matters under investigation" as related to her.


June 21: The NCAA sends the university a notice alleging nine major violations in the football program involving academic misconduct and impermissible benefits to players. The school gets 90 days to respond.

July 1: Former UNC football player Michael McAdoo files suit, accusing the NCAA of "gross negligence" in ruling McAdoo ineligible on what the suit argues was inaccurate information concerning university Honor Court charges leveled against him. Within a week, a McAdoo term paper made public was discovered to contain numerous passages plagiarized from other sources.

July 27: UNC fires Davis.

July 28: Baddour steps down, but will stay on while the school searches for another athletic director.

Sept. 1: Julius Nyang'oro resigns as chair of the African and Afro-American Studies Department at UNC. He missed McAdoo's plagiarism.

Sept. 19: UNC announces self sanctions.

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