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UNC chancellor admits violating NCAA rules with comment on Butch Davis' son

By Nbc17 Staff

North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp said Friday that he had made a mistake when he told a local reporter he was “disappointed” Butch Davis’ son was offered a football scholarhip at UNC without his knowledge or the knowledge of Athletics Director Dick Baddour.

Under NCAA rules, college officials are not supposed to discuss recruits. Davis’ son, Drew, is the star quarterback at East Chapel Hill High.

“Yesterday I honestly answered a specific question asked by a reporter about a scholarship offer to a prospective student-athlete,”  Thorp said in a statement, referring to a report in The News & Observer. “I am advised that acknowledging the scholarship offer was an NCAA Level II Secondary violation, which I regret. In accordance with NCAA policy the University has voluntarily reported this to the ACC.” 

The University fired Coach Davis last week and made Everett Withers the interim coach.

Thorp told The N&O, "I found out about that (scholarship offer) a couple months ago when I saw it online," Thorp said during a telephone interview, "and yes, I was disappointed that neither the athletic director nor I knew about that."


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