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NCAA hits UNC football with probation, scholarship losses, post-season ban -- UM Canes still await day of reckoning

After a 16-month investigation, the NCAA announced its sanctions regarding the UNC football program. The Tar Heels had imposed their own sanctions, including vacating all 16 of its 2008 and 2009 football victories, a nine-scholarship reduction over the next three academic years, a $50,000 fine and two years probation.

But note that UNC did NOT self-impose a bowl ban, as the Miami Hurricanes did this past November (the only self-imposed step the Canes have taken thus far in the Nevin Shapiro case), and the NCAA obviously didn't agree with UNC's decision on that.

The NCAA Comittee on Infractions hit UNC with

* Three years' probation from March 12, 2012 through March 11, 2015

* A reduction of 15 scholarships over those three years

* Postseason ban for the 2012 football season.

* A three-year show-cause penalty for former assistant coach John Blake, who, "while employed by the university,'' according to the NCAA statement, "was compensated by a sports agent [now deceased Gary Wichard] for the access he provided to student-athletes and failed to disclose the income to the university." Blake, who was forced to resign from UNC after the scandal broke, will not be allowed to do any recruiting-related duties. Thus, he is expected to remain out of coaching for at least the three years.   

The NCAA said Blake "was also cited for a failure to cooperate and [for] unethical conduct. According to the Division I Committee on Infractions, not only did he refuse to provide information relevant to the investigation, but he also furnished false and misleading information. At the hearing, in a reverasal of his previous refusal to provide information, the former assistant coach expressed a willingness to provide the pertinent records. However, he did not provide the documents for more than three months following the hearing, resulting in a significant delay in bringing this case to conclusion.''

 Some more interesting info on the case from the NCAA findings:

 * "The academic fraud violations stemmed from the former tutor [Jennifer Wiley] constructing significant parts of writing assignments for three football student-athletes... and also provided $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.''

* "This case also included the provision of thousands of dollars in impermissible benefits to multiple student-athletes.'' The NCAA found that seven football players "accepted more than $27,500 in benefits from various individuals, some of whom triggered NCAA agent rules. These impermissible benefits included cash, flights, meals, lodging, athletic training, admission to clubs and jewelry, among others. Whle the value of the benefits the student-athletes varied, one student-athlete received more than $13,500 cash and gifts.''

UNC, by the way, will not appeal the penalties.

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp called those penalties "more severe than we expected.''

Former UNC football coach (and former UM football coach) Butch Davis, who now is a defensive assistant in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was not cited for any violations in the NCAA report. Davis was fired by Thorp just before fall training camp began last season.

Here's the statement by Davis, that was released Monday, and ran in the Charlotte Observer:

"As was stated by the Chancellor this summer, and has been noted in this report, I was not named in any of these allegations. I cooperated fully with the proper entities throughout this entire investigation. I felt that my staff and I implemented many practices into the program to try to prevent these types of issues. Indeed, the NCAA report stated that 'there was no indication during the joint investigation that student-athletes are not well-educated on regulations concerning agents, extra benefits, and preferential treatment.'

"I am truly saddened this matter has affected so many innocent people. i wish UNC the very best.''

 UNC finished 7-6 last season (losing to Miami 30-24).

Telling quote by NCAA: "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. 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.''

MY THOUGHTS

I think this is a pretty severe penalty, though, yes it is only the 15 scholarships over the three years (five per year) -- including UNC's nine scholarship losses already self-imposed (Aside: thanks Ken, and have a great day!).

In the mid 1990s, in UM's big NCAA pell-grant case, UM self-imposed seven scholarships and lost an additional 24 through NCAA sanctions, for a total of 31 over three seasons.

Also, please note should UNC qualify for winning the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference this coming season, it is banned from playing for the ACC title.

Is UM next? I heard a couple weeks ago that UM's case was still not close to being decided. But with this one over, it could begin to move faster.

UM, understandably, declined to comment on the NCAA's ruling of the UNC case.

UM should hear its fate, for sure, before the end of the 2012 football season -- and possibly before the season begins. Can you imagine if UM were to strike gold and win the Coastal and qualify for its first ACC title, only to be banned from playing in the championship? 

UM's self-imposed bowl ban was definitely a good idea. If the NCAA can prove more of Shapiro's allegations, and obviously some have been proven because of previous football and basketball suspensions, no doubt UM will be losing scholarships. (Will find out more about the status of currently suspended hoopster Durand Scott later; the timing of the last two UM hoopsters' suspensions, just hours before playing FSU, can't help but conjur head-shaking and all kinds of curious thoughts)

I just think it's strange that former UM coaches implicated by Shapiro in this case are seemingly flying high with their respective football and basketball teams. Let's see what happens when this all shakes out.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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Curse Pig is still at it.


That is no way to attract more KAK you fruity freak.

Moral Voice is clearly a U wannabe.

I know dozens of people who have graduated from UM, including doctors, judges, leaders in business, engineers, etc., all of whom have contributed far more to society, such as donating their time, money, etc. that some hypocritical arseclown who alleges to be a Moral Voice.

I note Moral Voice has not responded recently. Too busy staring at little boys and dreaming of fondling them? Or trying to get admitted to school at UM b/c you could only get in to UF(elons) . . . or is it FU . . .

Moral Voice is someone who is scared of the power of the 'U'.
Our growth, development and success in education, research, and leadership shows that we are a University commited to excellence..
This poster may just be one that is still cranked that we got Tracy.
Get over it.
Go 'Canes

Everyone is scared of the mighty U, and jealous too. Time and time again we have proven to be the best all around athletic program in the nation by far. And the best academic institution too.
Be scared of the U, fear the tie. NCAA will only slap our hand, no more sanctions for us cause we have Golden. He took care of the NCAA bullies.
We are back!

delUsionalcane I always wondered why you used a Capital "U" in delusional. Now I know why..
You are in Gainesville envying all at the 'U' and South Florida.
Don't care about where you are but I love South Florida.
Great City, Beaches, people, and atmosphere.
Plus we have something you are even more envious of and that is
"The Tie".
Please stay delusional so that sanity will not prevail and open your eyes to all that the 'U' has to offer.
Sweet dreams,
Go 'Canes

We need to build a stadium at Tropical Park during our sanctions.


FEAR THE TIE!!!

GO CANES!!!

Posted by: CANETILLIDIE...DH

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This will never happen. So get over it. We need to make do with what we have. Grow up and get your own handle.

Posted by: UGoCanes2
I always wondered why you used a Capital "U" in delusional

delUsional [dih-loo-zhuh-nl]

adjective

1. having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions:
Cane fans who think their team will be better this season after a decade of mediocrity are delusional.

2. Psychiatry . maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness: Canes are so delusional that they think everybody is scared of playing their sorry teams.

Haha, you are so pathetic. And not because you're a Gators fan, real people don't care about what college sports teams other people like, UM fans don't care about the Gators.

You're pathetic because you spend your entire life on this blog, stealing handles, changing your name, responding to EVERY post, researching everything you can about UM, bringing up religion, trying desperately to get someone to talk to you.

Say whatever you want about UM - haven't won anything in a decade, baseball and basketball and swimming and tiddlywinks teams are always losing, program is going to be sanctioned, Al Golden didn't win anything his first year - WHATEVER.

None of that changes the fact that you, personally, are a huge loser. No one is fooled by you changing your name every post out of shame. Everyone who reads this blog knows that it is just one person, one absolutely shameful loser, posting here all day every day. For years.

I know for most people posting on blogs is fun and games, they actually enjoy arguing with people. But I genuinely feel sorry for you, I know you can't control your impulses to spend every minute your laptop is open feverishly refreshing this page to see if anyone has responded to something you said.

And you're probably not who everyone imagines you are, you probably don't live in your family's basement alone, I'm sure you have a real job and maybe even a couple acquaintances. But I know that you'd be embarrassed if anyone you know found out what you spent your days doing.

Good job policing the blog Eudo. Now how about we get together later and discuss how to best refute what the trolls have to say.

WHy is this blog full of just haters and gator trolls? The world ends in 9 months is there not better things to do? lol

that 'Skreetz' name is very obviously someone's alter ego, he's never posted any 'inside information' that wasn't on Canesport's subscription site a half an hour earlier.
But that still doesn't answer my question - why does this guy care that someone is fooling people on the internet? Why does it matter to him?
Posted by: Nothing moral about college sports | March 13, 2012 at 05:23
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I do not think the guy cares i just defended him cause I know who the guy is and he is a real cane not Tom or his imagination, i frankly do not see any benefit tom would get out of it if he did make it all up lol

Yea, hits home for you too doesn't it UM troll?

No one is as bad as you and that one Gators troll - you two are exactly the same, just completely pathetic losers with no one to talk to but each other.

FSU is our rival, your f*ggy internet rivalry isn't real.

Well, if we are rivals on this board then it is real, right? Not like the sky fairy.

Eudo

I don't want you to be mad at me so I apologize.
Now why don't we get together soon and discuss more intimate and important things.

It's not going to be as bad as ESPN and Yahoo want to report.

The comments on the Eye on the U blog are becoming more and more unreadable by the day (and I didn't think that would be possible)!

Maybe someday the trolls (on the internet in general) will become extinct or get a life. Eh, doubtful.

In the meantime, I propose every troll post just gets ignored.

I mean, clearly these trolls don't matter. Their "opinions" mean absolutely nothing. They're sole purpose and intent is to get people all riled up. They don't use facts or logic in their arguments, they just attempt to push buttons.

The trolls don't care that UM is an elite private school, ranked #38 in the US News and World Report for 2012 while UF is ranked 58th (which I'll concede is actually very good too) and FSU is 101st.

The trolls attempt to predict the future based solely on their wishes for others' failures and their own success. As we all really know, no one knows what the future holds so it just has to play out. No sense arguing with a bunch of losers over predictions and opinions.

Just sayin...

I go to the baseball games...
mainly because they're free for students and the stadium is on the corner of campus...
and it's fun to get piss drunk and heckle the other teams.

but on the whole football issue, I agree with steve B.
I'm just ready for all this to be done so I can enjoy some college football.
I'm also really hoping we get minimal punishment so I can read about all the hate from people who had to go to UF or FSU because they couldn't get accepted here.

and as far as what the moral voice had to say I have only one response:
what college did you go to?

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