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Friday, April 20, 2012
ACC issues public reprimand of UNC

By Matt Fortuna

The ACC issued a public reprimand Friday of North Carolina, just more than a month after the Tar Heels were hit with NCAA sanctions.

"The ACC's balance of academics, athletics and integrity will continue to be the cornerstones by which this league operates," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "As I have said previously, it is disturbing anytime one of our member institutions has NCAA infractions issues. Such issues are counter to the goals and aspirations of our conference."

The ACC's committee, formed in 1990, consists of the athletic director and faculty athletic representative from each school, and it convened following the case.

"The Atlantic Coast Conference has been built on its ability to balance academics and athletics," said Richard Carmichael, chair of the committee and faculty athletics representative at Wake Forest. "The committee believes that the University of North Carolina has and will continue to strive toward this balance; however, the committee agreed that a public reprimand was appropriate in this specific case in addition to the other penalties already in place."

As a result of a two-year investigation, UNC faces a bowl ban this year, 15 lost scholarships, and three years of probation.