CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina announced today it has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA pertaining to its football program. This notice reflects 12 months of investigation by the NCAA and the University. The University has cooperated fully with the NCAA.
The notice contains allegations of violation of NCAA bylaws including:
• Allegations against former assistant coach John Blake:
- unethical conduct for providing false and misleading information to the NCAA enforcement staff and to the institution and for failure to cooperate with the investigation.
- marketed athletic abilities of student-athletes to agent Gary Wichard
- received outside income that he did not report to the institution
• Allegations against alumna Jennifer Wiley:
- unethical conduct for refusing to provide information to the NCAA enforcement staff and to the institution
- provided extra benefits to student-athletes in the form of travel and parking expenses, and tutoring
• Allegations of academic fraud against student-athletes and the tutor
• Allegations that student-athletes received preferential treatment and accepted impermissible benefits
• Allegations against a former student-athlete for unethical conduct
• Failure by the institution to adequately monitor the conduct of Chris Hawkins, an individual triggering NCAA agent legislation; the social media activity of the football team for a period in 2010; and possible extra benefits to a student-athlete triggered by agent legislation.
The University has a maximum of 90 days to provide its response to the notice of allegations to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. University representatives are scheduled to appear before the committee in Indianapolis on October 28, 2011.
Chancellor Holden Thorp on receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA:
“I deeply regret that Carolina is in this position. We made mistakes, and we have to face that. When the investigation started a year ago, we pledged to cooperate fully with the NCAA, to go where the facts took us, and to face the issues head on. Our level of cooperation is evident in the allegations, some of which arise from facts that we self-reported to the NCAA. We will emerge with a stronger athletics program, and we will restore confidence in Carolina football.”
Athletic Director Dick Baddour on receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA:
“We are disappointed to be in this position because it goes against everything we believe in, but we are thankful to get to the next step in the process. These are the issues that we have been dealing with since last summer. We will gather the information the NCAA has requested and prepare to address the notice with the NCAA in the fall. We have a strong staff that will help get us through this and put us in a position where we will be a better athletic department as a result. Our fans have been through a lot this past year, and we appreciate their continued patience and support as we work through these next steps with the NCAA.”
Head Coach Butch Davis:
“I feel terrible that these allegations occurred under my watch. I especially regret that the university has had to endure this scrutiny because of the football program. The responsibility for correcting any problems that put us in this position is mine, and I take that responsibility very seriously.
“I want to thank our fans for the tremendous support we have received. Their loyalty and support has been especially appreciated by our student-athletes. The opportunity I have to serve the University of North Carolina is one that I cherish, and I will continue to focus on improving every aspect of our football program.”
Note: The NCAA has asked that the University limit public comments on the notice of allegations and on details of the investigation. The time for addressing specific allegations will be on Oct. 28 when the University’s case goes before the Committee on Infractions. The related NCAA bylaw is included below:
32.1.1 Confidentiality. The Committee on Infractions, the Infractions Appeals Committee and the enforcement staff shall treat all cases before them as confidential until they have been announced in accordance with the prescribed procedures. In addition, an institution and any individual subject to NCAA rules involved in a case shall treat that case under inquiry by the enforcement staff as confidential until the case has been announced in accordance with prescribed procedures. (Revised: 1/11/94, 4/24/03, 1/13/08)