UNC hit with three years of probation, bowl band in 2012

Punishment has finally been levied on North Carolina by the NCAA.  Here’s what the NCAA has reportedly handed down:

- Public reprimand and censure.
- Three years of probation
- Three-year show-cause penalty for the former assistant football coach, John Blake prohibiting any recruiting activity.
- Postseason ban for the 2012 football season.
- Reduction of football scholarships by a total of 15 over three years.
- Vacation of wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
- $50,000 fine.
- Disassociation of both the former tutor and former student-athlete who served as an agent runner.

The Division I Committee on Infractions said UNC “is responsible for multiple violations, including academic fraud, impermissible agent benefits, ineligible participation and a failure to monitor its football program.”
The NCAA has been investigating problems within the football program but has taken a lengthy time to announce a decision.

The NCAA said UNC allowed six players to play while ineligible and “multiple student-athletes” received impermissible benefits worth more than $31,000.

The NCAA also said a UNC assistant coach “was compensated by a sports agent for the access he provided to student-athletes and failed to disclose the income to the university. The former assistant coach and a former tutor both committed unethical conduct and failed to cooperate with the investigation.”

The NCAA, in that statement, was referring to former UNC associate head coach John Blake and former tutor Jennifer Wiley. Blake has denied his relationship with agent Gary Wichard was inappropriate. Wichard is now deceased.
The NCAA reserved harsh words for Wiley.

“The academic fraud violations stemmed from the former tutor constructing significant parts of writing assignments for three football student-athletes,” the NCAA stated. “The tutor wrote paragraphs for papers, revised drafts, composed “works-cited” pages, researched and edited content and inserted citations, among other violations. The tutor also provided more than $4,000 in impermissible benefits, including airfare and paying for outstanding parking tickets, to 11 football student-athletes after she graduated and was no longer a university employee. The tutor also refused to cooperate with the investigation.”

Pretty ugly if your a Tarheel fan.

Via NBC17

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