North Carolina Tar Heels and the Notice of Allegations


The North Carolina Tar Heels have finally received the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA regarding the results of the Wainstein Report. The NCAA has been reexamining their 2011 investigation since nearly a year ago.

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The Wainstein Report found that the African-American Studies department was conducting irregular independent studies classes that were directed and graded by department secretary Deborah Crowder. About 3,100 students went through those courses and 47.4 percent were athletes over a twenty year period.

The Notice of Allegations is the next step in the NCAA enforcement process. The document will include a lengthy list of possible violations. The University of North Carolina has ninety days to write a response to the Notice. In that response they will either concede or defend each charge. Ninety days is three months, which means the next step in the process may not take place until August.

The Notice of Allegations is a public document, but will be redacted before it can distributed in order to protect private individuals. As long as the NCAA is investigating, the University cannot comment on it according to a statement from the school.

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The next step would be a maximum sixty day deliberation period by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. Then the hearing takes place, with a resolution on penalties sent six to eight weeks later.
InsideCarolina noted that the process for the 2011 investigation began with a NOA in June and reached resolution in March 2012.

The school took the full three months response time in that case. Please note though that Football was the only concern in the 2011 investigation. The enforcement was delayed as a result and completely missed the 2011 football season. That allowed the Heels to get waxed by Missouri in the Independence Bowl.

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  • I am not saying that was intentional. If that was part of the thought process, I would expect quicker movement this time around. If the 2015 timeline looks anything like the 2011 timeline, resolution could come down in February 2016. That would be right in the middle of basketball season with basketball being part of the investigation. If the Syracuse decision last year was any guide, that could mean a postseason ban for the basketball team right as it is in the middle of a title run.

    Quicker process could mean quicker resolution. The process cannot be slowed any more to hit Summer 2016 without the NCAA shuffling its feet.

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  • Any penalties of course will largely effect teams now, despite the ship running smoothly since 2011. This is the only tool the NCAA really has. They could also vacate victories in the past, with the biggest potential victim being the 2005 NCAA Basketball title.

    Through much of the investigation process, Coach Roy Williams has insisted that he ran a clean ship. That may be true, but the 2005 team had players that were two or three years into the existing system with a number sporting African-American Studies as a major before Williams got there. For the most part, the 2005 team has contended that at least they did not agree with views of Rashad McCants. McCants has been the one player insisting that fake classes and fake studenting are the order of the day.

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  • The unfortunate victims of the process are likely to be the senior seasons of Marquise Williams and Marcus Paige. Williams might get the whole season completed before enforcement comes down, but Paige will most likely not. It would be interesting to see if a Tar Heel season shifted gears in order to get Marcus Paige the ACC Player of the Year if they had no postseason.

    Obviously we are at the beginning. The Iowa Caucuses will have come and gone before we get real answers. So now we have to see how current Tar Heels do with the month of waiting, and the sword of Damocles.

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