North Carolina self-imposes penalties

In the midst of an NCAA investigation, the University of North Carolina has vacated 16 football victories from the 2008 and 2009 seasons and reducing scholarships in anticipation for a ruling from the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Oct. 28.  The COI is expected to announce at that time whether the Tar Heels will receive any additional penalties.

North Carolina has also placed its football program on two years of probation. These self-imposed penalties come as a result of the NCAA’s investigation of athletes accepting improper benefits and academic misconduct.

The situation revolving around the football program has left the team in a state of upheaval ever since the alleged violations were brought to light. Fourteen football members missed at least one game due to suspension, and seven missed the whole season. The state of the program hit a low this past summer when head coach Butch Davis was fired just one week before training camp began.

Since the NCAA severely punished USC, schools such as Ohio State, Oregon, Miami and Auburn have all been under much scrutiny for alleged violations.