The University of North Carolina has received a notice that the NCAA will reopen its 2011 examination of academic irregularities. Apparently additional people of interest, including those who were unwilling to speak earlier will now share pertinent information for the case.
Report: newsobserver.com, The NCAA’s decision to reopen the UNC case comes amid longstanding questions surrounding the relationship between the university’s athletic department and no-show classes within the African and Afro-American Studies Department. The enrollments featured a high percentage of athletes, and questions have persisted about how and why they came to take those courses and whether athletic department personnel steered them there.
The statement in full via North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham:
“The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA that it will repoen its 2011 examination of academic irregularities. The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff.
Since 2011, the university has conducted and commissioned numerous reviews of this matter and provided the NCAA with updates. In February, the university retained former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein to conduct an independent investigation and instructed him to share relevant information directly and confidentially with the NCAA.
The university has instituted numerous academic reforms based on findings from earlier reports that an be found at http://carolinacommitment.unc.edu/. We remain committed to learning from our past so that we can move forward to building a stronger university.
Consistent with NCAA protocols, we will have no further comment on this matter until the process is complete.”
This is clearly another look at the academic scandal and North Carolina’s attempt to keep the NCAA updated on any findings. It is highly unlikely the NCAA does nothing this time vs letting the school handle the situation.