North Carolina Academic Issues: No Punishment Looming For Now
Previously, the Confidential observed that North Carolina’s academic “scandal” seemed highly overblown. Then, the Confidential had some fun at North Carolina’s expense. But now it looks like North Carolina has a good chance of being cleared of any wrongdoing. Indeed, it issued a statement yesterday indicating that the university and the NCAA did not find any violations. This means no punishment is currently looming for North Carolina.
The key parts of the statement are as follows:
The University first notified the NCAA that it had identified potential academic issues involving student-athletes in African and Afro-American Studies courses on August 24, 2011. We asked the NCAA to join us in our investigation of these issues, and they agreed to do that. A member of the NCAA enforcement staff traveled to Chapel Hill several times in the fall of 2011 and participated throughout the investigation.
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Based on the joint review, UNC and the NCAA staff concluded there were no violations of current NCAA rules or student-athlete eligibility issues related to courses in African and Afro-American Studies. As a result, the NCAA did not add any allegations or include this issue during the University’s appearance in October 2011 before the Committee on Infractions.
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On Aug. 23, 2012, University Counsel Leslie Strohm and Senior Associate Dean Jonathan Hartlyn provided an update to the enforcement staff. The NCAA staff reaffirmed to University officials that no NCAA rules appeared to have been broken.
The boldface was added by the Confidential. The import is that the NCAA will not be punishing North Carolina.
Yet. Indeed, the statement concludes that North Carolina will keep the NCAA informed as developments warrant. So, if anything new develops, the Tar Heels may yet run into trouble.
But, for now, Tar Heels fans can rest easily.