UNC Schedules Press Conference After Report of Academic Violations
These self-reports come on the heels of two separate trips by NCAA investigators and, as a result of the NCAA's investigations and Carolina's decision to self-report these academic violations, the university has announced a press conference at 7:30 p.m. EST Thursday.
It is believed and has been reported by numerous outlets, notably Joe Schad of ESPN, that as many as nine players -- and possibly more, many of whom are believed to be "standouts" or "starters" -- were placed on the scout squad after coach Butch Davis closed Thursday's practice to the media.
The reports coming out of Chapel Hill -- as well as nationally -- imply that the "academic issues" relate to a tutor or former tutor and was reportedly uncovered by numerous e-mails maintained on the UNC servers. It is believed that these "academic issues" are separate from the NCAA's investigation into agent interaction.
Greg Barnes of Inside Carolina reported on the radio that he had heard as "few as six" and "as many as 12" players were moved to the scout team and implicated in the academic issues.
According to numerous reports, including a report on ABC 11, which was confirmed to FanHouse by a separate source, the press conference will "cover both investigations."
Davis and athletic director Dick Baddour will be in attendance, along with UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp. His attendance was confirmed in an e-mail from the school announcing the press conference. Before that confirmation, Barnes told 99.9 The Fan, "that's big time" if Thorp attends.