North Carolina faces serious NCAA charges
North Carolina’s long-running academic fraud scandal now includes five NCAA charges, including a lack of institutional control for poor oversight of an academic department popular with athletes and the counselors who advised them.
The school released a 59-page notice of allegations Thursday from the NCAA, which uses the document to specify violations uncovered during an investigation.
The charges were more broadbased than focused on individual sports, with the NCAA regarding academic irregularities in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department as potential improper benefits by saying athletes received access to courses and other assistance generally unavailable to nonathletes.
No coaches were named in the five allegations, though one dealt specifically with the conduct of a women’s basketball advisor for providing too much help on research papers.
North Carolina must file a response to the NCAA within 90 days of receiving the notice, which would likely lead to a hearing with the infractions committee followed by a ruling weeks to months later.