It kind of seems like ending this long investigation process of the North Carolina Tar Heels isn’t a realistic possibility, but believe it or not, this amended version of the Notice Of Allegations from the NCAA means things aren’t as bad as originally thought. Don’t get confused. Things are definitely bad and this is bad news, but some of the rumors that have been stated can definitely be thrown out now.
Whenever there are stories like this, certain reactions are common. There’s always the accusation of cheating. There’s always the defense of the cheating by the accused team’s fanbase. Then almost immediately, all of that is replaced by the fear of that team losing scholarships, how many scholarships will be lost and the question about whether the quality of recruits will slip and if current players will transfer. When all of this began, there were even grumblings by some about whether or not North Carolina may also be punished by having their 2005 national championship banner removed and that they may not be allowed to participate in football or basketball or both.
Truthfully, the death penalty isn’t all that common. It’s only been administered once. That was to a college football team, and that was a long time ago. Also, there are some things about this new notice that can be considered small wins. The most noticeable being the fact that the allegations of players receiving improper benefits has been removed. In addition to that, the men’s basketball and football programs have been removed and the time frame has been reduced to six years. Why has this happened? It’s hard to tell, but the easy answer is that the NCAA has decided they have no interest in investigating North Carolina’s men’s basketball or the football program and doesn’t really want to punish them.
With all this being said, there are still serious charges being brought against the university. North Carolina now has 90 days from the date of the letter to respond, and just like last time you can expect them to take the full 90 days. The NCAA will have 60 days to come up with a response of their own once that happens. This, honestly, could drag into 2017. Don’t expect a resolution anytime soon.