North Carolina’s men’s basketball and football teams were not named in the new Notice of Allegations.
On May 20, 2015 North Carolina received a lengthy Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, detailing five serious penalties including, “impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body,” and that “anomalous courses in the African-American studies department went unchecked for 18 years, allowing student-athletes to take those classes at a disproportionate rate to the rest of the school’s student body.”
On August 14, 2015 North Carolina announced that, while replying to that Notice of Allegations, it had discovered two new penalties, another involving the women’s basketball team and unrelated recruiting violations in men’s soccer.
On April 25, 2016 the NCAA issued a new Notice of Allegations, theoretically taking into account the new allegations involving women’s hoops and men’s soccer. The women’s basketball team figures prominently in the new document.
Though the new NCAA penalty structure includes postseason bans for Level I charges — which North Carolina will be charged with — “It would be difficult to impose a postseason ban on a team that’s not even named in the document,” one person familiar with the NCAA process explained.
North Carolina’s women’s basketball program can expect the harshest penalties from the NCAA.
Men’s basketball and football will be held accountable under the broader umbrellas of “lack of institutional control” but with the new notice, significant penalties become “less likely,” another person said.
All of which means, UNC isn’t likely to go before the Committee on Infractions until the fall, with a decision not likely to come much before 2017.