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UNC asks that student-athlete suit be dismissed

Lawyers for UNC on Thursday asked that a lawsuit filed by former student-athletes be dismissed, laying out a number of legal arguments that, in essence, questioned the validity of the students' right to sue. Four men and women who played for the Tar Heels are suing the university for breach of contract, among other things, arguing that it failed to provide them with a promised education. (WRAL.com)

NCAA President Mark Emmert explains differences between Syracuse, UNC cases

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the "academic issues at Syracuse were right in the NCAA's wheelhouse" while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday. In March, the NCAA leveled harsh penalties against Syracuse as a result of multiple infractions. Emmert spoke briefly about the differences in the investigation at Syracuse and the ongoing academic scandal at UNC. (Syracuse.com)

Turner's Take: Carolina Blue. Refreshed.

Monday at the third annual Rammy Awards, Carolina athletics unveiled the results of its brand refresh, an 18-month long process to establish consistency across all 28 sports programs. The UNC athletic department partnered with Nike and with input from administrators, coaches, student-athletes and alumni, identified consistent colors, logos, lettering and numerals for use beginning in the fall of 2015 (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: The Brand Process

Todd Van Horne, Nike's Vice President and Creative Director for Football, Baseball, had never been part of a brand identity process quite like the one that began at Carolina in the fall of 2013. Van Horne is accustomed to working with schools that need a new brand, that need an identity that will set them apart in college athletics. When he arrived in Chapel Hill, he found that Carolina already had that. (GoHeels.com)

UNC self-reported more than 90 NCAA violations over 32 months

Marielle vanGelder finds herself laughing at the ridiculous nature of her school’s self-reported NCAA violations. Whether it’s searching a prospect’s name on Twitter and accidentally posting it, hitting reply all to an email instead of forwarding it, or misusing the direct message feature, UNC’s Associate AD for Compliance has seen plenty of comedic fodder cross her desk. UNC self-reported 91 violations spanning from Jan. 1, 2012 to Aug. 13, 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

Committee to monitor athletes’ time commitment

The Faculty Athletics Committee plans to collect time commitment data in order to figure out if there are factors that preclude athletes from choosing a specific major. “We have not found that being a student-athlete pushes a student towards a specific major,” committee chairwoman Joy Renner said. “It’s more that it limits the times of day that they can take classes because of practices, and that is what we’re looking at.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Bobbi Owen still under disciplinary review

Bobbi Owen said she wants to be known as a professor of dramatic art. But she’s also one of the key figures implicated in UNC’s athletic-academic scandal, according to the findings of Kenneth Wainstein’s independent investigation. Owen, who served as senior associate dean for undergraduate education from 2005 to 2014, had some knowledge of the paper class scheme. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's William Roper among top physician executives

Dr. William Roper, 66, has been CEO of the healthcare system at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2004. He’s also dean of the UNC School of Medicine and the university’s vice chancellor for medical affairs. Before joining UNC in 1997, as dean of the School of Public Health, Roper served for three years as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Modern Healthcare)

A Good Professor Is an Exhausted Professor

In higher-ed parlance the herculean act of teaching eight courses per year is what’s known as “a 4-4 load” or, alternatively, a “metric ass-ton” of classroom time. And yet a new bill currently under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly would require every professor in the state’s public university system to do just that. The results would be catastrophic for North Carolina’s major research universities. (Slate)

Time balance for athletes a struggle, AD says

Limiting time demands on college athletes should be “part of the dialogue,” but the idea might not be an easy sell to some of them, UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham told a group of retired faculty on Tuesday. In college soccer, for instance, participants arrive at UNC accustomed to facing a packed calendar of games, having been “scheduled younger and younger,” Cunningham said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Faculty Stands Up To "Unbalanced" Media

We, the undersigned faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, like so many students, staff, faculty emeriti, alumni, citizens of North Carolina, and other supporters of the school, were shocked and angered by the academic scandal revealed in the Wainstein report and the preceding investigations. We are perplexed by the unbalanced treatment of these events in the media. (Move UNC Forward)

NCAA, North Carolina seek dismissal of lawsuit over academic scandal

The NCAA and the University of North Carolina on Monday asked a federal judge in North Carolina to dismiss a lawsuit connected to the academic scandal involving Tar Heels athletes. On Monday, the NCAA said the case should be thrown out, in part, because it did not owe the plaintiffs a duty to prevent academic fraud at UNC. (USA Today)

Senior Associate AD/SWA Dr. Beth Miller To Retire From UNC

UNC Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Beth Miller has announced that she will retire from the University on July 1, 2015. “I’ve been fortunate to be part of the University and the North Carolina athletic department for 40 years and it’s been a wonderful experience,” says Miller. “I’ve enjoyed the challenge and opportunity to work with so many outstanding coaches, student-athletes and administrators throughout my career." (GoHeels.com)

Former UNC adviser Mary Willingham receives $335,000 in settlement with school

A former UNC academic adviser who spoke out against lax standards for student-athletes will receive $335,000 in a settlement with the school, the university confirmed Monday. The settlement amount includes Mary Willingham’s legal fees and $40,000 in back pay, while the school will cover mediation costs, according to a copy of the agreement. Willingham does not get her job back. (WRAL.com)

UNC athletics budget: At tourney time, follow the money

As March Madness begins, we’re all seeing again that college sports are a community-bonding experience. But at UNC, they’re also a $75.4 million business that’s expected to end the school year with only a small surplus, according to the Athletics Department’s 2014-15 budget. Broadcast rights, donations and ticket sales are the largest revenue sources for UNC’s program, (Durham Herald-Sun)

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