UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp Stepping Down Amid Academic Scandal

Chancellor Holden Thorp has decided to step down from his position at the University of North Carolina in June 2013, according to a release from the school. UNC has been under scrutiny for academic violations in relation to the football program and a summer school course that a number of football players were enrolled in without an instructor.

In the university's statement, Thorp was quoted saying:

"I will always do what is best for this university. This wasn't an easy decision personally. But when I thought about the university and how important it's been to me, to North Carolinians and to hundreds of thousands of alumni, my answer became clear.

"Over the last two years, we have identified a number of areas that need improvement," Thorp said. "We have a good start on reforms that are important for the future of this university. I have pledged that we will be a better university, and I am 100 percent confident in that. We still have work to do, and I intend to be fully engaged in that until the day I walk out of this office."

The resignation will take effect on June 30, 2013 when the academic year ends.

For more information on the North Carolina Tarheels, check out the SB Nation Blog Carolina March. For more news and information on college football, check out SB Nation's Official College Football Hub Page.

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