The ACC came up one vote short last month of fining North Carolina $100,00 for the football program's NCAA violations, colleague Ivan Maisel reports.
The league's Infractions and Penalties Committee issued a public reprimand of the school April 20.
The vote of 7-4 in favor of the fine (North Carolina did not vote) fell one vote shy of the two-thirds majority needed to approve the penalty, according to two sources within the league. However, the failed vote indicates that a significant majority of North Carolina's fellow members took a dimmer view of the school's behavior than the issuing of a reprimand would indicate.
The Tar Heels were hit March 13 with three years' probation, a one-year postseason ban and a reduction of 15 scholarships over the next three years for findings of impermissible benefits and playing ineligible players, in addition to other violations.
The reprimand handed out by the ACC was the first additional penalty the conference had given in a probation case since 1990, when it forced Maryland to repay television revenue for men's basketball games after the NCAA banned the Terrapins from television.