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North Carolina has sent the NCAA travel and hiring records pertaining to Tami Hansbrough, the mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough. Tami Hansbrough resigned from her fundraising position at the university earlier this month.
Included in the documents, which the school released Friday, were summaries of Hansbrough's university-paid trips to the 2009 ACC and NCAA tournaments in which her son played. UNC won the national championship that season.
Steve Kirschner, a spokesman for UNC's athletics department, said Sunday morning that the fax, sent to the NCAA earlier this month, was not sent to report a violation, but rather to update the NCAA on the facts after recent reports about Hansbrough's trips and resignation. Kirschner also told ESPN.com that the school remains confident that no NCAA violations were committed.
Hansbrough resigned on Sept. 12 after questions arose about spending on trips she took with top UNC fundraiser Matt Kupec. One day after her resignation, university general counsel Leslie Strohm spoke with Mike Zonder, the NCAA's assistant director of enforcement.
According to the documents the school released, Strohm then faxed Zonder paperwork that included: a synopsis and hiring description for Hansbrough's two fundraising jobs at UNC; a timeline of her work with the dental school foundation, her first job at the university; and notes showing her fundraising efforts at the 2009 ACC and NCAA tournaments.
Records show the dental foundation forwarded the results of an audit in June 2009 to then-UNC athletic director Dick Baddour and assistant AD for compliance Amy Herman. The audit showed that Hansbrough, hired during Tyler Hansbrough's senior season at UNC, had traveled to the 2009 ACC tournament in Atlanta and NCAA tournament games in Memphis without getting proper preapproval. She later reported the trips involved meeting with dental foundation donors and prospective donors, and the travel was deemed legitimate and authorized.
Herman and Baddour concluded the trips raised no NCAA compliance issues.
Strohm stressed to Zonder that Hansbrough was selected for the dental foundation job in 2008 by a five-member search committee from a pool of 41 candidates. Hansbrough raised about $5 million for the foundation. She then was chosen as a major gifts officer at UNC by a six-member search committee and from a pool of 38 candidates.
The travel with Kupec that led to Hansbrough's resignation apparently came after Tyler graduated, when she was hired for the major gifts job. Kupec and Hansbrough's questionable trips included travel to watch Hansbrough's youngest son, Ben, play basketball for Notre Dame.
North Carolina has sent the NCAA travel and hiring records pertaining to Tami Hansbrough, the mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough who resigned from her fundraising position at the university earlier this month.