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Deborah Crowder's Emergence Alters NCAA Dynamic for UNCDeborah Crowder’s decision to file an affidavit last week has added yet another twist in the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into academic irregularities at UNC. Crowder, a former office administrator in the institution’s African studies department (AFAM), was the centerpiece of Kenneth Wainstein’s October 2014 report detailing a “shadow curriculum.” (Inside Carolina)
NCAA case tied to UNC's academic case hits another delayNCAA spokeswoman Joanne Peters said Wednesday that UNC hasn't submitted its response due this week to five NCAA charges because it is "awaiting guidance from the committee on infractions on a new schedule." That comes as the attorney for a woman at the center of the scandal said he is working with the NCAA to set up an interview after she had previously refused to speak with investigators. (Associated Press)
Chansky’s Notebook: Key Witness EmergesDebbie Crowder has broken her silence, and it’s good for UNC. After three rounds of Notices of Allegations from the NCAA, including one charge against UNC for her own failure to talk, the infamous administrative assistant from the academic scandal has decided to defend herself. Debbie Crowder has lawyered up with the high-priced Raleigh firm of Joe Chesire. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC Af-Am aide denies claims of Wainstein Report, asks for meeting with NCAA investigatorsDeborah Crowder, a secretary and administrator in UNC's Department of African and Afro-American Studies from 1979 to 2009, denied in an affidavit filed Wednesday the claims of the Wainstein Report that she favored student-athletes, served in a professorial role in overseeing independent studies and gave As and Bs for papers with "relatively little work" so long as they met a length requirement. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Black History Month Honoree: Martina BallenWhen she was a student at Carolina, Martina Ballen would spend Saturdays in the fall in the old Kenan Stadium field house. As a 'Sweet Caroline,' she helped in the recruiting of football players like Kelvin Bryant. In 1987, Ballen walked back into the Kenan field house. Only this time, she stepped into her new office as the chief financial officer for Carolina Athletics. (GoHeels.com)
Jay Bilas Criticizes NCAA's Handling of UNC CaseESPN basketball analyst and attorney Jay Bilas offered a scathing critique of the NCAA’s handling of its investigation into academic irregularities at UNC during an interview on Friday. "Under the rules of the NCAA and their bylaws, there’s a reason why the notices of allegations don’t say academic fraud. It’s because the NCAA doesn’t recognize that as academic fraud." (Inside Carolina)
North Carolina AD lays out academic fraud defense: NCAA 'overcharged' Tar HeelsThe NCAA "overcharged" UNC in its long-standing academic fraud case, athletic director Bubba Cunningham told CBS Sports in a conversation about the association's tactics during the investigation. Revealing what seems to be UNC's defense, Cunningham said, "Is this academic fraud? Yes, it is by a normal person's standards. But by the NCAA definition [it is not]." (CBS Sports)
Message from Chancellor Folt: Response to Executive OrderTo our more than 3,000 international students, scholars, staff and families – representing more than 100 countries: you are essential to our vibrant Carolina community. We remain fully committed to a diverse and inclusive campus and want all who work and study here to feel welcomed and valued. We are determined to help people who are directly or indirectly impacted in every way that we can. (UNC.edu)
Greg Sankey, NCAA COI Invite Wainstein Report Critique in UNC CaseThe NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions’ decision to lower the standard of evidence in UNC’s investigation by admitting the entirety of the Wainstein Report calls into question its accuracy of the methods and findings of the investigation. Kenneth Wainstein’s report was not constructed to meet the stringent demands of a legal or fact-based interpretation. (Inside Carolina)
Carolina sets 12th consecutive record for first-year applicationsWith the close of the final deadline for first-year admission for Fall 2017, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announces a 12th consecutive record for first-year applications. The total of 40,792 applications received (as of Jan. 18) reflects an increase of 13.7 percent over last year and the second largest increase within the last 25 years. (UNC.edu)
NCAA Has History of Protocol Breach Prior to UNCThe NCAA enforcement process is built upon its constitution and bylaws, and institutions that work outside of those constructs are penalized. The NCAA’s enforcement staff, committee on infractions and infractions appeal committee are required to follow the same protocol, although the NCAA has failed to meet that threshold in recent high-profile enforcement cases, including UNC’s. (Inside Carolina)
Four-Year Tuition Freeze Takes Effect At UNC (But It’s Not for Everyone)Undergraduates and their parents, for whom each new year has presented the angst of a possible tuition increase, have a new sense of security: The rate students pay as incoming freshmen will be frozen for four years. The security blanket is limited, however. It covers North Carolina residents only. (UNC General Alumni Association)
Video: UNC AD Bubba Cunningham Responds To NCAA's 3rd Notice of AllegationsUNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham responds to the NCAA's 3rd Notice of Allegations that the University received on December 13th. Cunningham says that the committee on infractions has not been consistent in how bylaws have been applied in UNC's case.
UNC AD Bubba Cunningham: "Follow the Bylaws"North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham spoke with reporters following the release of the second amended notice of allegations on Thursday. "We’re not going to speculate on the merits of the case, but I can talk about the process, and we believe that the process has gotten off track and we have serious concerns about that. Here’s how:" (Inside Carolina)
NCAA COI Chair Greg Sankey's Intervention Into UNC CaseCommittee of Infractions chairman and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey’s unprecedented entry into the NCAA enforcement and hearing process resulted in a third notice of allegations for UNC in a 20-month window - without the introduction of any new evidence. Three days after receiving UNC’s request to supplement the record, Sankey denied the documents' inclusion. (Inside Carolina)