North Carolina’s long-running academic fraud scandals has taken a sharp turn as five NCAA charges have been added. It includes lack of institutional control for poor oversight of an academic department popular with athletes.
On Thursday, the school released a 29-page notice of allegations from the NCAA. The notice of allegations specify the violations uncovered during a prior investigation.
“Everybody wants to bring closure to this,” athletic director Bubba Cunningham on said Thursday. “It’s not a pleasant chapter in the history of the university.”
No coach’s name were featured in the five allegations, though a women’s basketball adviser was specifically mentioned in one of them over his conduct of providing too much help in research papers. Two others involved former faculty members.
The UNC has been asked to respond within 90 days of receiving the notice. This would lead to a hearing with the infraction’s committee. All five charges have been considered as potential level 1 violations. The NCAA has leveled it as “severe breach of conduct.”
“Everyone who loves Carolina is truly saddened by these allegations,” Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams said while giving a statement. “We aspire to and work toward meeting higher standards than the actions that warranted this notice. Our university and numerous outside groups have looked at every aspect of our academic and athletic life. As a result, Carolina has implemented scores of new processes and checks and balances that have undoubtedly made us a better university. Hopefully, we will never again receive such a notice.”
Hall of fame coach Roy Williams will be relieved as his name appeared only once in the notice of allegations. He was once interviewed by the NCAA in December 2014. The notice has thrown severe clouds of uncertainty regarding severity of penalties surrounding North Carolina’s basketball programs.