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'Unflappable' John Swofford marks 20 years as ACC commissioner

A former North Carolina quarterback and defensive back, John Swofford is the first to applaud the athletes and coaches who earn championships and awards. But in concert with his staff and the league’s athletic directors and presidents, he has facilitated that success by maneuvering the ACC through expansion and media negotiations. (Daily Press)

ACC Names Kevin Best as Senior Associate Commissioner for Communications

ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday that Kevin Best will join the conference office as Senior Associate Commissioner for Communications, and Mike Finn has announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year. Best will join the conference office after working 20 years at UNC in the Athletic Communications Office. (The ACC)

Upgrades, On-Field Success Define UNC's 2016-17

While the longstanding NCAA investigation may have saturated the headlines during the 2016-17 academic year, North Carolina’s athletics department excelled yet again on the field of play, highlighted by the men’s basketball program’s sixth NCAA championship. UNC is currently ranked sixth in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. (Inside Carolina)

Audio: Bubba Cunningham on Michael Jordan: “It means an awful lot when he shows up”

UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham joined the David Glenn Show this week to discuss a myriad of topics. Cunningham went over where the institution stands with the ongoing NCAA investigation, a successful year for UNC athletics, and renovations to Kenan Stadium. He mentioned the involvement of Michael Jordan, and what that means for the school. (ACC Sports Journal)

What’s $10 million buy? For UNC, better TV-production facilities for sports

Tucked away in a state bill that authorizes borrowing for new university construction projects, UNC-Chapel Hill officials are seeking permission to build a $10 million television-production center that they’d use to create sports programming for the ACC Network. The product would add three control rooms and two studios to the Koury Natatorium. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Jay Bilas: NCAA officials ‘breaking their own rules’ to punish UNC in athletics scandal

Jay Bilas says the NCAA is so determined to punish UNC that it’s breaking its own rules to do so. Bilas said there’s never been a situation like the one at UNC, where university officials allegedly used fraudulent classes to keep players eligible. But Bilas thinks the NCAA has stepped out of line. “They’re breaking their own rules to try to punish North Carolina." (Charlotte Observer)

Why Louisville’s punishment has no bearing on UNC’s NCAA problems

From UNC’s perspective, is there anything to be gleaned from how the Committee on Infractions treated Louisville? And if Louisville’s 2013 national championship is at risk, what does that mean for UNC’s men’s basketball titles in 2005 and 2009, both of which fall in the nine-year window that has been the focal point of the NCAA’s investigation? (Charlotte Observer)

Louisville's sanctions bear close scrutiny at Ole Miss, North Carolina

The upcoming school year portends to be one of the most significant in recent history for the NCAA’s enforcement process. Three blockbuster cases loom over the collegiate sports landscape—Louisville, Ole Miss and North Carolina—that offer critical tests for the NCAA’s enforcement group. The Committee on Infractions announced significant penalties against Louisville on Thursday. (Sports Illustrated)

What does Louisville punishment mean for UNC?

Thursday's ruling indicates a certain resolve by the NCAA to send a message to those schools they feel have brought shame to college sports. Are they determined to make UNC pay the way they did Louisville? I don't need to tell you which banners at North Carolina could potentially be under scrutiny. The NCAA has decided Louisville's have got to go. (ABC 11)

Despite revenue gap, ACC competing nationally like never before

ACC men’s basketball has produced four national semifinalists in the last three seasons, with Duke in 2015 and North Carolina in ’17 cutting down the nets. A record six teams from the league reached the 2016 regional semifinals, the same season in which ACC squads combined to win a record 19 NCAA tournament games. (Daily Press)

UNC’s underrated leader: Bubba Cunningham

Bubba Cunningham’s leadership deserves more recognition than it has received. His stability, loyalty, and vision throughout his tenure kept North Carolina afloat when many other programs would have faltered. Unprecedented fundraising, development, and on-the court/field successes have returned North Carolina to the forefront of college athletics. (Tar Heel Blog)

How the perception around UNC’s academic scandal has shifted in the media

The biggest problems with cheering on the NCAA to hammer UNC: you’re cheering on the NCAA. Popular opinion of the organization is lower than ever, and with their lack of power to properly punish ACTUAL crimes, it becomes tough to make a 180 and support the organization punishing a school, especially when the ones that get hurt are kids who didn’t even have the option to take the class. (Tar Heel Blog)

Chansky’s Notebook: Matter of Saving Face

UNC responded so well, it may have to take the NCAA to court. The academic scandal that has plagued UNC for going on five years has a chance to be over by the end of 2017, but that is all up to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The university’s response to the latest Notice of Allegations looks so sound that it may back the NCAA into meting out penalties UNC will not accept. (

UNC Leaning on Precedent in NCAA Response

The NCAA alleges that UNC utilized the AFAM courses in question to maintain eligibility for the involved student-athletes. It’s a significant charge, one that serves as the basis for the NCAA’s lack of institutional control allegation, although the enforcement staff is breaking from precedent in making the charge against UNC. That precedent occurred at two major universities. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Denies Impermissible Benefits Charges Yet Again

UNC’s response to its third notice of allegations includes another defense against the NCAA’s ever-evolving attempt to charge the school with impermissible benefits in its years-long AFAM investigation. It was late 2011 that the NCAA enforcement staff initially reviewed the irregular AFAM courses, and it was determined there were no violations of member-adopted bylaws. (Inside Carolina)

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