The North Carolina Tar Heels have finally learned what the NCAA thinks of those self-imposed penalties in the wake of the great Heelgate* scandal. In a release, the NCAA announced it will tack on a year of probation to the two UNC had recommended, prevent the Heels from playing in a bowl game or the ACC Championship in 2012 and add to UNC's scholarships reduction.
The complete list of penalties, including both the NCAA's and UNC's:
The penalties in this case include:
- Public reprimand and censure.
- Three years of probation from March 12, 2012, through March 11, 2015.
- Three-year show-cause penalty for the former assistant football coach prohibiting any recruiting activity. The public report contains further details.
- Postseason ban for the 2012 football season.
- Reduction of football scholarships by a total of 15 during three academic years. The public report includes further details.
- Vacation of wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons (self-imposed by the university). The public report includes further details.
- $50,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
Thus, a story nearly two years in the making has essentially ended. A one-year bowl ban isn't a big deal at all, and USC, Ohio State and others have provided helpful road maps on how to recruit around scholarship reductions.
Former assistant John Blake also suffered a three-year show-cause penalty for his role, meaning his coaching days are pretty much done.
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