The University of North Carolina appeared before an NCAA infractions committee panel Friday for a procedural hearing on the long-running academic fraud case.
Athletic director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press the meeting lasted about five hours in Indianapolis but wouldn’t comment on details. He said there was no timetable for a ruling.
The hearing was focused on procedural arguments made by UNC in response to five charges, including lack of institutional control. The NCAA had said it wouldn’t focus on the “underlying facts or allegations” of the case.
Among its arguments, UNC had challenged the NCAA’s jurisdiction by saying its accreditation agency – not the governing body for college sports – was the proper authority for academic questions. In documents released this week, the NCAA enforcement staff said UNC’s arguments were “without merit.”
Both UNC and the NCAA sent emails to The News & Observer declining comment.