Excerpts from NCAA findings on UNC football

March 12, 2012 

Excerpts from Monday’s NCAA public report:

Violations

1. Unethical conduct and impermissible participation.

During the 2008-09 academic year and summer of 2009, a former tutor (Jennifer Wiley) and three student athletes engaged in academic fraud. As a result, student-athlete 1 competed while ineligible during the 2008 football season, student-athlete 2 competed while ineligible during the 2009 and 2010 football seasons, and student-athlete 3 competed while ineligible during the 2008 and 2009 football seasons.

2. Impermissible benefits.

During the 2009-10 academic year and August 2010, the former tutor provided approximately $4,075 in impermissible extra benefits to football players.

3. Unethical conduct, failure to cooperate.

During the period 2009 through 2011, the former tutor provided 11 football players with improper benefits, then refused to cooperate investigators when enforcement staff and school officials requested cooperation.

4. Preferential treatment and benefits from prospective agents.

During 2009 and 2010, seven football student athletes received $27,544.88 in benefits from individuals, some of whom triggered NCAA agent legislation. The benefits were provided to student-athlete 3 ($99); student-athlete 4 ($5,084.70); student-athlete 5 ($13,507.47); student-athlete 6 ($5,642.92); student-athlete 7 ($1,755); student-athlete 8 ($1,320.75); and student-athlete 9 ($135)

5. Failure to monitor.

During 2009 and 2010, the institution failed to monitor the conduct and administration of the football program.

6. Unethical conduct and failure to cooperate.

Beginning in August 2010, a former assistant coach (John Blake) refused to furnish information relevant to the investigation and by furnishing the NCAA and the institution false and misleading information.

7. Failure to report outside income.

From May 2007 to October 2009, a former assistant coach (Blake) did not report $31,000 in athletically related outside income from sports agency A. The former assistant coach received wire transfers in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 from sports agency A’s bank account into his personal bank account on seven occasions. He did not provide a written account of the income to the institution, as required by NCAA legislation.

PENALTIES

The Committee on Infractions found that this case involved major violations of NCAA legislation. Penalties include:

1. Public reprimand and censure.

2. Three years of probation from March 12, 2012, through March 11, 2015.

3. Vacating all victories by the football program during the 2008 and 2009 seasons (Institution imposed).

4. Reducing by a total of 15 the number of both initial and total grants-in-aid scholarships over a three-year period covering the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years, at the rate of five per season. The institution proposed a reduction of nine initial and total grants over the same period.

5. A fine of $50,000. (Institution imposed).

6. Disassociation letter to a former student-athlete.

7. On November 5, 2010, the department of athletics issued a disassociation letter to the former tutor. (Institution imposed).

8. Banned from postseason competition in 2012, including a conference championship game or bowl game.

9. The committee imposes a three-year show-cause upon John Blake, the former assistant coach, from March 12, 2012, to March 11, 2015.

He cannot recruit during that time period, and any school that hires him must report regularly to the NCAA about his activities and compliance with the restrictions.

10. Compliance

The school must also educate athletes, coaches and relevant school personnel on NCAA rules and regulations.

Report annually on progress made educating tutors, athletes and staff academic fraud and compliance issues.

11. Notification

The school must inform prospective student-athletes in football that the institution is on probation for three years and explain the violations committed. If a prospective student-athlete takes an official paid visit, the information regarding violations, penalties and terms of probation must be provided in advance of the visit. Otherwise, the information must be provided before a prospective student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent.

The school must publicize the information annually in football media guides or via web posting on the football section of the athletics web site as well as in a general institution alumni publication to be chosen by the institution with the assent of the office of the Committees on Infractions. A copy of the publicized information, alumni publication, and information included in recruiting material shall be included in the compliance reports to be submitted annually to the Committees on Infractions.

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