Lost in the hullaballoo that was Grayson Allen and the Trip Heard ‘Round The World was that North Carolina released the third Notice of Allegations that they received from the NCAA regarding the academic fraud case that has seemingly been hanging over the head of the program since Michael Jordan headed to the NBA.
Yes, a third Notice of Allegations.
The first was received in May of 2015. The second came a year later, but it was significantly less worrisome for Tar Heel fans: removed in that Notice was any reference to the men’s basketball team and any allegations prior to the 2005 national title.
Not only did it specifically mention both the men’s basketball and football teams, but it extended the timeframe of violations back to 2002. That 2005 national title? It is squarely in line to be vacated.
“Many at-risk student-athletes, particularly in the sports of football and men’s basketball, used these courses for purposes of ensuring their continuing NCAA academic eligibility,” the notice read.
This process isn’t going to come to an end any time soon. The school had 90 days to respond to this latest notice and the NCAA has 60 days to respond to the response. And that’s if you assume that this is the final Notice the NCAA will be handing out; that hasn’t been a safe bet yet.
But the bottom line is this: the latest Notice is much more strongly worded and much more concerning for the men’s hoops program.