The North Carolina Tar Heels announced Monday they're punishing themselves for the sprawling, complicated scandal that infested their football program and was completely forgotten about once the Miami Hurricanes rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Still, UNC did a lot of stuff the NCAA hates, if you don't recall.
To the details. The Heels have self-imposed vacations of the 2008 and 2009 seasons; docked themselves three scholarships for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons; given themselves two years of probation; and plan to pay a $50,000 fine.
Wait and see whether the NCAA is satisfied with those setbacks or decides to tack on more. (NOTE: Tacks insufficient; NCAA loading staple gun. UNC's proposed punishment platter is similar to what Boise State got for improper sleeping arrangements.)
As the Sporting News' Matt Hayes notes, UNC made sure to tie the scandal to former coach Butch Davis, mentioning him four times despite his name not appearing in the NCAA's letter of investigation. Following the Ohio State model is the new move.
Here's athletic director Dick Baddour:
I believe the report is a very thorough response to the NCAA. The University of North Carolina takes our standing and reputation in the NCAA community seriously and with great respect and our response to the allegations reflects that. We accept responsibility for mistakes that were made in terms that are balanced, measured and fair. I want to acknowledge the hard work that University and athletic department staff put in to prepare the report. The October 28th appearance in Indianapolis is the next major step and we will direct our efforts toward preparing for that hearing.