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New UNC documents say tutor Wiley went too far in helping athletes

By Dane Huffman

A new release of documents involving the NCAA investigation into the North Carolina football program details some of what happened with Jennifer Wiley, the tutor involved in the investigation.

The information includes Wiley's help for athletes she tutored, and money she provided for them.

In addition, former coach Butch Davis' lawyer, Jon Sasser, is asking Judge Howard Manning on Wednesday to drop a request from the media for UNC to release Davis' personal cell phone records. 

Davis does not want to release his records, in part because he believes it would make public the phone numbers of prominent people like Erskine Bowles, Holden Thorp, former NFL coach Tony Dungy and others.

In UNC’s “Response to Notice of Allegations,” UNC says it learned in July 2010 that Wiley “provided impermissible help in the form of free tutoring services to several football student-athletes … [information redacted].

“The University specifically instructed her that she should not tutor or provide benefits of any type to any student-athlete. Wiley did not follow these instructions.

“Upon this discovery, the university expanded its 2010 investigation of Wiley’s conduct to include sports other than football …

“Wiley did not write papers for the student-athletes … She did, however, edit papers the student-athletes sent her – correcting spelling and grammar mistakes and adding a few sentences."

The university went on to say Wiley was at fault in her dealings with some of the athletes.

“Wiley … knew or should have known that the assistance she provided, though limited in scope, violated NCAA legislation," the report stated. "The joint investigation indicated that Wiley’s violations, while admittedly serious and major in nature, were limited to football student-athletes.”

In another part of the response, UNC acknowledges reports that Wiley provided "approximately $3,500 in imperssible extra benefits to football student-athletes."

The report defined those benefits as $150 for an airline ticket and $1,789 in parking ticket expenses. Wiley also provided 142 hours of free tutoring services to nine football players during the 2009-10 school year.

Carolina said Wiley "used a personal credit card" to make an online payment of $1,789 that [name redacted] owed."


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