The University of North Carolina admitted Monday that the school’s football program violated NCAA rules.
In UNC’s response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, the University said the violations were a result of “poor decisions by some student athletes and former University employees.”
The University admitted to nine violations related to improper benefits and academic issues. The University also admitted to four additional violations.
The NCAA launched its investigation into UNC’s football program in July 2010. As a result of the investigation, the University withheld 13 players from the 2010 season. Four of the 13 players were ruled permanently ruled ineligible for part of the 2010 football season.
The investigation also revealed that that former assistant coach John Blake had “undisclosed dealings” with former sports agent Gary Wichard. Blake failed to inform the University that Wichard provided him with financial assistance while Blake was on staff.
During the investigation, the University uncovered evidence that at least one football player competed while ineligible during the 2008, 2009 and part of 2010 seasons.
As a result of violations, the University will vacate all victories by the football program during 2008 and 2009 as part of punitive actions.
The University will also eliminate nine scholarships over a three year period, beginning with the 2012-13 year.
The University says it will put itself on two years of probation and will pay a $50,000 fine.
The University still must appear before the NCAA infractions committee on Oct. 28.