So, as you may know, UNC met with the NCAA for their hearing on their academic scandal. The meeting took place in Nashville and went on for almost 10 hours. Inside the sealed-off room was the NCAA infractions committee led by SEC commission Greg Sankey. For UNC, it was Lissa Broome, faculty athletics representative, Bubba Cunningham, director of athletics, Larry Fedora, head football coach, Sylvia Hatchell, head women’s basketball coach, Vince Ille, senior associate director of athletics/compliance, Marielle vanGelder, compliance officer, Roy Williams, head men’s basketball coach. All of the UNC coaches had lawyers, of course.
What went on that in the room may not be known unless UNC wants to share it. They have another day of meetings today, but even then, the NCAA will keep silent until punishments are made public. If you want our take, we believe if UNC thinks the meetings went well then they will stay silent and wait for the NCAA to rule. If they are nervous about the tone of the meeting and think punishments will be harsh, then we believe UNC will make some sort of statement to try to get out ahead in an attempt to control the narrative to some extent.
We also have a little inside scoop from someone close to the board of trustees at UNC. Apparently, the board pushed for UNC to take a deal with the NCAA, to minimize punishments and get this thing over with. The NCAA, however, refused to make a deal. We were told that the NCAA made a deal with Penn State and were still sued. So now they are refusing to make deals. We were told that it’s almost guaranteed that UNC will take this matter to court after the NCAA rules.
With all that said, we still have no idea what is going on behind those doors. Here are some articles from yesterday that have a little more insight on what might be happening.
— Dan Kane (@dankanenando) August 13, 2017
— The Daily Tar Heel (@dailytarheel) August 16, 2017
Hey, remember that whole UNC academic fraud thing? That heads to NCAA infractions committee today. https://t.co/mGUJm73aJ1
— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) August 16, 2017
9 hours. This hearing has lasted 9 hours and the plan is still to come back tomorrow.
— Mandy Mitchell (@MandyWRAL) August 16, 2017
After nearly 10 hours, 1st day of #UNC's infractions hearing wraps up.
— ACC Now (@accnow) August 17, 2017