The Latest: North Carolina Avoids Major Penalties from NCAA
The Latest on the NCAA ruling on North Carolina’s multi-year academic case (all times local):
Only two people at North Carolina ultimately received NCAA sanctions in the multi-year academic case.
Former department chairman Julius Nyang’oro and retired office administrator Deborah Crowder were charged with refusing to cooperate with the NCAA probe. Nyang’oro refused to interview with NCAA investigators after the case was reopened in 2014. Crowder reconsidered and interviewed with investigators in May.
Nyang’oro received a five-year show-cause penalty lasting until Oct. 12, 2022. Crowder was not punished, but the NCAA says it is making note of her initial lack of cooperation.
The school avoided major penalties Friday when the NCAA said it “could not conclude” academic violations took place. The investigation’s focus was on independent study-style courses in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department chaired by Nyang’oro.
North Carolina has avoided major penalties after an NCAA infractions committee panel “could not conclude” there were academic violations in the multi-year case focused on irregular courses.
The NCAA released its report Friday morning. The panel said it found only two violations out of five charges the school originally faced: a failure-to-cooperate charge against two people tied to the problem courses in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department.
The NCAA has announced that the infractions committee panel handling North Carolina’s multi-year case will release its public report Friday morning.
It’s a long-awaited step for both the school and NCAA. Investigators first arrived at UNC more than seven years ago in a football probe that ultimately spawned this case focused on irregular courses featuring significant athlete enrollments.
While a ruling could provide resolution, the delay-filled case could still linger if UNC pursues an appeal or legal action in response to potential penalties that could include fines, probation, postseason bans or vacated wins and championships.
The school faces five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control, though no coaches are charged with wrongdoing.
The announcement comes roughly eight weeks after UNC appeared before the panel for a two-day hearing in Nashville, Tennessee.
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