After a long and thorough investigation into the North Carolina football program, the NCAA finally announced sanctions that will be handed down to the program.
The violations occurred under the tenure of former Head Coach, Butch Davis.
Chancellor Thorp issued a statement that UNC will accept it's punishment and go forward in an effort to restore the program's image and will not appeal.
Here are some of the sanctions:
-UNC will be prohibited from playing in a bowl game and in the ACC championship game, should it win its’ division next season.
-The program will lose 15 scholarships over a three-year period and will be on three years of probation, expiring March 11, 2015. North Carolina had self imposed 9 scholarship losses, the NCAA added 6 more.
-The NCAA accepted the self imposed forfeiture of wins during the 2008-09 seasons.
-A three year show cause was given to former assistant, John Blake prohibiting him from any recruiting activities.
The infractions were the result of multiple violations that included academic fraud, impermissible agents benefits and playing ineligible players that the university was found responsible for.
Responses from the sanctions:
Larry Fedora, Head Football Coach - "My only regret is for the current players, especially the seniors, who will not have the opportunity to compete for an ACC championship and go through the experience of a bowl game in 2012. We will do all we can to make every game this year a special experience for our seniors and fans."
Bubba Cunningham, Director of Athletics - "It is our aspiration that Carolina will be better in the future as a result we have gone through and everyone associated with our program will strive each day to make our students, faculty, alumni, fans and staff proud to be Tar Heels."
Chancellor Holden Thorp - "The ruling is disappointing for our new coaching staff and our student-athletes. We considered an appeal. But given the timing and the record that other schools have had with appeals, as well as the fact that penalties are suspended during an appeal,we've decided it's best to accept our sanctions and move forward."