North Carolina Tar Heels Find More Violations: Good?


The last time we talked about the North Carolina Tar Heels and the NCAA trouble, we talked about the infractions schedule. Basically if the infractions process played out to it maximum extent, a decision would come down in March right as the basketball team might be preparing to make a tournament run.

The decision would potentially abort that run before it ever started.
That has now changed, and perhaps it has changed for the long term worse for the short term better. The school announced that it found further violations that it then reported to the NCAA. These new violations are in the men’s soccer and women’s basketball programs. These admissions now have to be added to the existing docket, but they add months to the procedural timeline.

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According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, North Carolina gained sixty days to review the new violations. Then the NCAA has to decide to change the current Notice of Allegations in any way. If they do, then the school would have an additional ninety days to respond to the new NOA. So a timeline that originally ended in late February now projects to end in April or May at the earliest.

The effect of this should be obvious. The football team was likely to escape this season without any decision having yet come down. Now they are basically guaranteed that will happen. However they may wish they had taken a self-imposed ban last year instead of going to Detroit to lose to Rutgers.

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More importantly, it appears that the mens basketball team will get its title shot after all. The 2015-16 Tar Heel team is built to win now with key members Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson now in their senior seasons. Everybody is basically back from last year’s team minus JP Tokoto and adding Kenny Williams and Luke Maye. It may be all the more important to win now if the hammer comes down next June.

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