The University of North Carolina announced self-imposed sanctions on the Football program on Monday. Among the sanctions are the reduction of scholarships by nine over a three year period, two year probation, a $50,000 fine and 16 victories vacated.
The sanctions are a response to an NCAA investigation that started in June of 2010 and resulted in 9 major violations which include academic fraud, allegations of improper benefits received by players from sports agents and an improper relationship with an agent by a coach. The response came in the form of an 111 page document.
The victories vacated are for the seasons of 2008-09 where the team won 8 games each year. This due to academic fraud committed by a former tutor involving 2 players.
The two year probation does not include a ban from the post-season but could be much more intense if further violations are found.
14 players were held out of games from the 2010 team due to involvement with sports agents in which they received benefits. 3 players were expelled from the football team.
Chancellor Holden Thorp stated, "We have acknowledged our violations, and we've responded in the way you would expect of this University....We think that the sanctions we have proposed accept responsibility and, at the same time, give our current and future student-athletes and coaches every opportunity for success. We go before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on October 28, and that will be another important milestone."
Head Coach Butch Davis was fired by Chancellor Thorp just before the start of preseason practice for what he deemed to be damage to the reputation of the University.
After the October 28th meeting, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions will decide whether to accept the sanctions or add additional penalties.