Regarding Allegation 1, which stated that AFAM department chair Julius Nyang’oro and student services manager Deborah Crowder provided extra benefits to student athletes in the form anomalous courses, the school denied any NCAA violations, citing that the courses were an “academic issue”.
The university agreed with part of Allegation 2, which alleged that women’s basketball athletic academic counselor Jan Boxill provided extra benefits to women’s basketball student-athletes in the form of improper academic assistance. However, the school claims that the allegations occurred prior to a four-year statute of limitations.
UNC “takes no position” on Allegation 3, which states that Crowder did not cooperate with the investigation. The university agreed with Allegation 4, which states that Nyang’oro did not cooperate with the investigation.
Regarding Allegation 5, which alleges that the university demonstrated a lack of institutional control, UNC denied the charge, stating that Allegation 5 cannot stand because “there was no underlying violation as alleged in Allegation 1”. In addition, the response stated that Allegation 2 did not establish a lack of institutional control.
The NCAA received the school’s response on May 16 and has 60 days from that date to reply. University officials will go before the NCAA’s committee on infractions in August, and any potential sanctions would come in the months that followed.