NCAA Schedules Procedural Hearing for UNC

The NCAA has added an additional step in UNC's investigative process.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The next step in North Carolina’s NCAA investigative process is not a Committee on Infractions hearing, as previously thought, but rather a prehearing on Oct. 28 to discuss the procedural arguments raised in the institution’s response to its amended notice of allegations.

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On Sept. 26, the NCAA sent a letter to UNC and all involved parties detailing the 8 a.m. hearing in Indianapolis scheduled by a panel of the Division I Committee on Infractions. UNC released the letter publicly on Friday. 

The letter indicates the sole focus of the hearing will be the five arguments UNC raised in its response, including NCAA jurisdiction, finality in certain allegations in connection with the 2012 infractions case, statute of limitations and whether or not the Wainstein Report should be included in the record of the case. For a full breakdown of UNC’s NOA response, click here.

The letter states “the panel will not discuss the underlying facts or allegations for the purpose of finding facts, concluding whether violations occurred or prescribing penalties.”

The panel will review seven items to resolve the procedural claims: (1) 2015 notice of allegations; (2) 2016 amended notice of allegations, (3) UNC’s response to the amended notice of allegations, (4) the Wainstein Report; (5) UNC’s January 2015 response to SACSCOC; (6) the NCAA enforcement staff’s response to UNC’s NOA response; and (7) UNC’s 2012 infractions report.

A date has not yet been set for the actual COI hearing that will review the NCAA’s allegations and serve as the basis for the final infractions report.

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