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More pleas expected in UNC agent-athlete cases

Some of the five men charged with violating the state's agent-athlete inducement law in providing gifts and money to football players at UNC could see their legal battle come to an end Monday. Jeff Nieman, an assistant district attorney in Orange County, said he expected at least one of the five to agree to a plea deal in hearings in Hillsborough that day. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Chansky’s Notebook: How Loh Can This Go?

When Maryland president Wallace Loh said he would think UNC will receive the death penalty from the NCAA, he triggered harsh reactions on both sides of the issue. After Loh’s statement appeared on ESPN, UNC Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Joel Curran penned a strong statement that criticized Loh for judging another school while being so uniformed. (

Sankey Recusal Requested from UNC Case

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey’s removal as Committee on Infractions chairman due to a conflict of interest in North Carolina’s prolonged NCAA investigation has been officially requested. Deborah Crowder, the former AFAM department administrator who was charged in UNC’s third notice of allegations, made the request through her attorney. (Inside Carolina)

North Carolina lawmakers threaten to pull UNC, N.C. State from ACC if league boycotts state again

The North Carolina legislature is at it again. A new house bill introduced April 10 states that if the ACC boycotts the state for future championship game sites, the state would force UNC and N.C. State to withdraw from the conference. Duke and Wake Forest would not be affected by this bill because the universities don't receive state funding. (Sporting News)

Meet Carol Folt, One of UNC’s Most Influential Women

Carol Folt talks a lot about change. And she means it. She is the Chancellor at UNC and the first woman to hold that job in the university’s 228-year history. An internationally recognized scientist and award-winning teacher, Folt was tapped to be chancellor in 2013 and since then she’s been talking about innovation and the importance of making changes to stay relevant. (Fortune)

A look at the sneaker deals of the Final Four teams

The University of North Carolina, alma mater of Nike endorser Michael Jordan, will get $3.9 million from Nike this year, including $3.4 million in gear and $475,000 in cash. The cash includes money for travel. The deal expires June 30, 2018, and could be the next collegiate mega-deal, given the university's athletic pedigree and sizable alumni base. (Portland Business Journal)

North Carolina Is The Top-Selling Final Four Team For Merchandise In 25 States

After a wild finish to their Elite Eight match against Kentucky, North Carolina will be playing Oregon in the Final Four. And although Kentucky had sold the most merchandise throughout the basketball season, UNC has dominated apparel sales among the Final Four teams. UNC is the top-selling Final Four team for merchandise in 25 states. (Forbes)

UNC not alone in dealing with long-running NCAA probes

It's been nearly two years since the NCAA filed charges tied to UNC's academic scandal yet the case has yet to reach the hearing that ultimately leads to a ruling and long-awaited resolution. It's another example of how these investigations can take winding roads full of procedural potholes, delays and even backpedaling that can mire schools in damaging uncertainty. (Associated Press)

Federal judge dismisses UNC as defendant in athlete lawsuit

A federal judge has granted UNCs request to dismiss the school from a lawsuit filed by two former Tar Heel athletes tied to its academic scandal. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated the school had 11th Amendment immunity that prevented it from being sued in federal court. The plaintiffs were former football player Michael McAdoo and former women's basketball player Kenya McBee. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC amasses $5.6M in costs for academic scandal from 2015-17

UNC estimates it has amassed more than $5.6 million in attorneys' fees and other costs between mid-2015 and January tied to its multi-year academic scandal. UNC has now amassed at least $16.3 million in costs tied to the academic scandal dating to 2012, including $3.1 million for a 2014 investigation by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein. (Associated Press)

Deborah Crowder's Emergence Alters NCAA Dynamic for UNC

Deborah 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 delay

NCAA 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 Emerges

Debbie 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. (

UNC Af-Am aide denies claims of Wainstein Report, asks for meeting with NCAA investigators

Deborah 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 Ballen

When 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. (

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