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Details sketchy, but clear UNC in real trouble

Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:58 pm
 
University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp, Athletic Director Dick Baddour and head coach Butch Davis met with the press Thursday evening to announce that they were broading the NCAA investogation into their program due to their discovery of “possible academic misconduct involving a former undergraduate tutor and student-athletes on the football team.

The tutor, according to this report by Joedy McCreary of The Associated Press , was employed by the university and worked with Davis' son.

Prior to the press conference, there were initial reports that the Tar Heels' starting cornerbacks Kendric Burney and Charles Brown were among those suspended.

Baddour, however, declined to identify any of the players involved in their investigation or even how many players the school was investigating.

Baddour did not provide a true time table for the investigation either, but did say, ""it is likely that the review would extend beyond the start of the season."

According to those I've spoken to who were at the press conference, the mood in the room was grave. There was a sense that this could grow into significantly more than just a player suspension or two.

McCreary, in fact, notes the concern from Chancellor Thorp to end his article:

 

Chancellor Holden Thorp — who began the news conference by saying "to everyone who loves this university, I'm sorry about what I have to tell you" — vowed that administrators are taking the probe seriously but expressed hope that its scope ultimately would be limited.

"We will find out what happened. We will do everything we can to keep it from happening again," he said. "And we will not let these mistakes define our university and what we stand for."

 


 
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