3/12/2012 8:34:38 PM
The penalties, including some self-imposed by the university, were announced
Monday by the Division I Committee on Infractions.
Besides a postseason ban for the 2012 season, the NCAA sanctioned the football
program with three years of probation beginning Monday and a reduction of 15
football scholarships over three years.
North Carolina's self-imposed penalties included vacating all wins from the
2008 and '09 seasons (16 total) and a $50,000 fine.
They also included disassociation from two people: a former academic support
center tutor who provided impermissible benefits to players, including paying
for an airline ticket and parking violations; and a former student-athlete who
served as an agent runner.
"This case should serve as a cautionary tale to all institutions to vigilantly
monitor the activities of those student-athletes who possess the potential to
be top professional prospects," the committee said in its report.
"It should also serve to warn student-athletes that if they choose to accept
benefits from agents or their associates, they risk losing their eligibility
for collegiate competition."
Among the findings by the NCAA, seven football players were said to have
received benefits worth more than $27,000 in lodging, meals, transportation,
athletic training, club admissions, jewelry and other items from agents or
individuals associated with agents. One player received more than $13,500 in
cash and gifts.
In the course of three seasons, the NCAA said, six players competed while
ineligible as a result of violations.
North Carolina fired Butch Davis as head football coach last July in the wake
of the scandal. Associate head coach John Blake resigned after it was revealed
his relationship with a pro agent was a significant source of the impropriety.
The NCAA said North Carolina "took decisive action after discovering the
academic fraud violations and when the former assistant coach's violations
came to light." It said UNC fully cooperated during the investigation.