The NCAA infractions committee hit North Carolina’s football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation after an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.
On Monday, the committee said the school was responsible for multiple violations, including academic fraud and a failure to monitor its football program. It also issued a three-year show-cause penalty for former assistant coach John Blake, who had received personal loans from an NFL agent.
School officials say they won’t appeal.
The postseason ban prevents the Tar Heels from playing for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship or in a bowl game. The scholarship reductions would be five per year. In September, North Carolina announced
it would impose several penalties, including vacating all 16 wins for 2008 and 2009.
The case led to the firing of coach Butch Davis and the early departure of longtime administrator Dick Baddour as athletic director. The scandal included players receiving jewelry and other gifts from people outside the program.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Two-sport standout Bruce Ellington is giving up football to concentrate on basketball, which he says is his first love.
The sophomore just completed an exhausting six months where he went from football practice last summer, to the gridiron season and then from the field to the court.
Ellington earned Freshman All-SEC honors in football, gaining 707 all-purpose yards. He was the team’s second-leading scorer in basketball, averaging 11 points in 24 games.
PENN STATE: University trustees, faced with continued alumni and student criticism for firing football coach Joe Paterno, released a statement intended to underscore their rationale for his ouster: “failure of leadership” for his actions after a reported sex assault involving Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno’s lawyer said the family was saddened that the board “believes it is necessary and appropriate to explain – for the fourth or fifth time – why they fired Joe Paterno so suddenly and unjustifiably.”