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North Carolina men’s basketball not named in amended notice of allegations from NCAA

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams speaks during a college basketball news conference, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Philadelphia. North Carolina will play Notre Dame on Sunday in the regional finals of the men's NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams speaks during a college basketball news conference, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Philadelphia. North Carolina will play Notre Dame on Sunday in the regional finals of the men's NCAA Tournament. The Associated Press

As the Associated Press first reported, the University of North Carolina received an amended notice of allegations from the NCAA, the next step in a long investigation into possible academic fraud that benefited athletes at the school.

Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer reported that there are a couple of distinct differences between the first NOA and the second one, which was thought to be the result of additional information that was provided by the school.

Reported Carter:

One of the key differences between the amended NOA and the original is that in the original, UNC faced a broad charge of impermissible benefits associated with the suspect AFAM courses that are at the heart of the case. That charge is not included in the amended NOA.

Another difference is that football and men’s basketball aren’t named in the amended NOA. Those sports were included in the original NOA, though people associated with them – coaches, members of the support staff – were not charged with wrongdoing.

North Carolina released the contents of the NOA on Monday afternoon.

Writes Carter:

That new information detailed additional violations involving Jan Boxill, the former women’s basketball academic counselor who was cited for misconduct in the original NOA. The new information also detailed men’s soccer recruiting violations unrelated to the NCAA investigation.

UNC submitted the new information to the NCAA on Aug. 10, 2015. At the time, Bubba Cunningham, the UNC athletic director, said he was hopeful that UNC would receive an amended NOA by October. Instead, the university had to wait until Monday.

North Carolina lost 77-74 to Villanova in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game earlier this month.

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