The North Carolina athletic department is embroiled in another controversy, this one after Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday that Jackson Boyer, a non-scholarship member of the football team, sustained a concussion in what the website described as a hazing incident at the hotel where the team stayed during the preseason.
I wrote a story about this right here. As you'll see, coach Larry Fedora didn't have much to say. He said in various ways he had no comment, and he bristled at the notion that UNC was being secretive amid an internal investigation that's likely a few weeks old already.
Fedora was asked about the Yahoo! report again during his portion of the ACC teleconference on Wednesday. He said, as you'd expect, that he couldn't say anything.
“I'd love to talk to you about it,” Fedora said. “But I really – I don't have anything further to say other than the statement that was made. And when I do have more information I'll be happy to give it to you.”
The statement Fedora alluded to is the one the university put out on Tuesday, and the one quoted in the story linked above. UNC basically said it was aware of an “incident” and that it was investigating.
“We take this allegation seriously and the university is conducting a thorough review,” Kevin Best, a football team spokesman, said in that statement.
A Chapel Hill Police Department spokesman said on Wednesday that the police weren’t called to the Aloft Hotel, where the team stayed, to investigate any incident involving football players. There is no police incident report related to the alleged hazing, the spokesman said.
UNC is days away from starting the season against Liberty at home on Saturday. The Yahoo! report has undoubtedly shifted the focus from on the field to off of it, and Fedora will undoubtedly be asked to comment on the allegation when he meets reporters after practice later on Wednesday.
You can predict his response, but the questions will be asked, nonetheless.
Andrew Carter is the UNC athletics beat reporter for The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. Follow him on Twitter at @_andrewcarter .