Two days after North Carolina head coach Roy Williams lamented the fact that the school had yet to receive a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA regarding an academic fraud scandal and its impact on recruiting, the school announced on Friday that it has received the notice.
No details as to what the allegations are were provided in the release, with the school stating that it is still reviewing the Notice of Allegations and will make the release publicly available “as soon as possible.”
“We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline,” Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said in a joint statement released by North Carolina. “The University will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law.
“When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA’s allegations, we will follow this same release process.
“Consistent with NCAA protocols, the University cannot comment on details of the investigation until it is completed.”
The receipt of the Notice of Allegations is an important step forward in the investigation for both the NCAA and North Carolina. As mentioned in the statement released by North Carolina, the school now has 90 days to respond to the allegations in the report.
An issue for North Carolina on the recruiting trail has been the lack of concrete allegations, which has negatively impacted their efforts with high-level recruits. While Friday’s announcement means that UNC is one step closer to having clarity on the situation, it doesn’t mean that they’re free from the investigation having a negative effect on recruiting.
The only way to do that is to have this investigation completed without any major sanctions being levied by the NCAA, and it’s impossible to predict how this will all turn out for North Carolina.