UNC’s Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Crimes

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In case you missed it, on Monday the NCAA handed down their punishment to UNC for multiple rules violations.  In my opinion, it was more than a slap on the wrist, but it also didn’t fit the crime.

To refresh your memory, UNC was found guilty of academic fraud, impermissible agent benefits, ineligible participation and a failure to monitor its football program.  Note that they avoided the dreaded “lack of institutional control” charge, and that’s probably the biggest reason why they avoided a harsher punishment.

Still, compared to the depth of the investigation and what the Tar Heels were found guilty of, I think they got off a little light.  Why am I writing about this on a Tech site?  Because the schools compete directly in recruiting.  Remember Travis Hughes , Marquise Williams and Landon Turner ?  All of those are guys who picked UNC over Tech in the 2011 class because of promises from Butch Davis that the situation would turn out fine for the school.  Obviously, Davis lied.  He seems to be pretty good at that.

The NCAA handed down a list of eight penalties to UNC.

  • Public reprimand and censure
  • Three years of probation from March 2012 to March 2015
  • Three year show cause penalty on former assistant John Blake
  • Postseason ban for the 2012 season
  • Reduction of football scholarships by a total of 15 over three academic years
  • Vacation of wins during the 2008 and 2009 season (UNC no longer has that 2009 win over VT)
  • $50,000 fine
  • Disassociation of both the former tutor and the former student-athlete who served as agent-runner

Five of those penalties really don’t have any affect on North Carolina going forward.

A public reprimand and censure?  Yawn.  A show cause penalty for a guy who doesn’t coach there anymore?  Bleh.  Vacation of past wins?  That doesn’t hurt the program at all.  A $50,000 fine?  That’s less than one big donor for the Tar Heels.  That’s a rich school.  And finally, the disassociation of the former tutor and former agent-runner is meaningless and pointless.

That leaves us with three things to talk about: three years of probation, the one year bowl ban, and the