Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Business & Administration.
Bubba Cunningham Said Yes, Then No, To Florida
Sources close to both athletic departments have confirmed a USA Today report that UNC’s Bubba Cunningham agreed to become the new athletics director at the University of Florida in August but changed his mind. Cunningham, who grew up in Naples, Florida, and still has family there, was offered a reported $1.4 million annual contract, according to the sources.
Review group involves UNC student-athletes to discuss their academic life
UNC administrators are making an effort to include student-athletes in the policies around the academic-athletic scandal. This past spring, the Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group, which spent two years updating academic policies for student athletes, closed out its work and implemented the Student-Athlete Academic Process Review Group.
Chansky’s Notebook: A Failure To Communicate?
Wait a minute, who’s in charge at UNC? With one week to go before Carolina opens its football season against Georgia in Atlanta, the Tar Heels do not need the distraction that was apparently caused by deposed Illinois coach Tim Beckman joining Larry Fedora’s staff as a volunteer assistant. Beckman has left the post after his appointment triggered a rash of objections and criticism.
UNC-Chapel Hill issues statements on Tim Beckman
Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt: “When I first learned yesterday that Coach Larry Fedora had invited former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman to serve as a volunteer with the football program, I was surprised and disappointed. The decision for Mr. Beckman to withdraw from his volunteer position was the right thing to do, and moving forward I don’t expect this situation to recur."
Chansky’s Notebook: Amazing Support for Carolina
In the wake of the NCAA investigation into UNC academics coming to an end, alumni and friends of the university have set new records for giving money to their school. Those two things might be unrelated, but I don’t think so. At a time when support for UNC was necessary, individual, corporate and foundational donors stepped up big time on both sides of the plate.
Q&A with sports law professor Tim Davis on UNC's Amended NOA
What (UNC is) asserting is that in both the instance of the failure to monitor as well as the lack of institutional control, there’s no underlying violation committed by UNC for the most part. What UNC’s attorneys are arguing is the following — because those courses were available to all the students and the student body, there was no extra benefit.
Rams Club Celebrates Record-Setting Fundraising Year
Rams Club members contributed nearly $62 million in support of Carolina Athletics in 2015-16, a record-level of fundraising for student-athlete scholarships, facilities and other programming. Members gave $61.8 million in gifts and pledges, the largest amount in any year and an increase of 84 percent from 2014-15. The previous highest total for one year was $51.7 million in 2006-07 as part of the UNC’s Carolina First campaign.
UNC-Chapel Hill celebrates second consecutive record fundraising year
UNC today announced $495 million in commitments in fiscal year 2016, marking the school’s best fundraising year in history and eclipsing fiscal year 2015’s previous record by nearly $50 million. “Today’s results – the highest level of fundraising support in the University’s 222-year history – is a proud moment for Carolina,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt.
Chansky’s Notebook: No Food Projectiles, Please
Now that North Carolina has responded to the amended Notice of Allegations and Lew Margolis has told us that the Tar Heels should forfeit every victory back to the Choo Choo Justice era, Bubba’s staff has been working on some more really important stuff this summer hoping to increase attendance or concession revenue. Not sure which.
Judge drops NCAA from lawsuit filed by ex-UNC athletes
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to hold the NCAA partly responsible for UNC's academic scandal. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated attorneys for former women's basketball player Rashanda McCants and ex-football player Devon Ramsay hadn't proven that the NCAA had a legal obligation to ensure the soundness of classes at UNC.
UNC owes nothing in NCAA response
Now that it’s clear that the NCAA has no power to intervene in UNC’s academic failures, calls for UNC to “do the right thing” by pulling down banners or hamstringing their own athletic programs will surely start to roll in. While this nuanced ending robs us of the tidy closure that we all deserved after sitting through years of this mess, nothing is owed to anyone in UNC’s NCAA response.
Chansky’s Notebook: Did The NCAA Bury Evidence?
Despite the fact that the NCAA enforcement staff had previously agreed UNC’s outside counsel could access all materials relevant to the investigation via a secure website, this information was not included, contrary to the requirements of NCAA Bylaw 19.5.9. They were discovered by the university only because its representatives traveled to the national office to review the physical files personally.
Bethel: A (Counter) Q&A on the UNC Scandal
Following UNC’s response to the NCAA’s amended notice of allegations this week, I believe now is an appropriate time to clarify the issues further for those still trying to discern fact from fiction. Rather than develop my own set of questions for a Q&A, I’ve decided to counter N&O reporter Dan Kane’s Q&A from earlier this year.
UNC following strategy originated by Tarkanian vs. NCAA
Much has changed in the decades since former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian filed a celebrated law suit challenging the extent of the NCAA’s authority over a college’s internal operations, but it’s interesting that UNC is following a similar strategy – one that led to a landmark ruling in favor of the NCAA.
UNC Response Challenges NCAA Missteps
The NCAA enforcement process operates under different guidelines than the U.S. legal system, although both methods require a strict adherence to the rules. UNC detailed its meticulous approach in applying the NCAA’s constitution and bylaws in its Amended Notice of Allegations response, while also highlighting the enforcement staff’s procedural errors.