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Release of NCAA decision on North Carolina delayed

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/5/2017 Scott Gleeson
The South Building on campus at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hil. © Gerry Broome, AP The South Building on campus at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hil.

The release of the NCAA Committee on Infractions report of an investigation into academic misconduct at the university of North Carolina has been delayed, the school said.

It was previously expected the decision about possible sanctions would be made public Friday.

UNC officials, including men's basketball coach Roy Williams and football coach Larry Fedora, appeared before an NCAA infractions committee panel in August. 

The university faces five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control, in a case that grew as an offshoot of a probe launched in 2010 into the football program.

The academic fraud allegations involved classes taken by athletes in the African and Afro-American studies department between 2002 and 2011 that helped many retain their eligibility. The irregularities are focused on independent study-style courses misidentified as lecture classes that didn’t meet and required a research paper or two while featuring significant athlete enrollments.

In its response to the case, North Carolina challenged the most serious and potentially damaging allegation, arguing that "inadequate academic oversight unrelated to the Department of Athletics" doesn't constitute an issue within the NCAA's jurisdiction.

Williams, whose defending national champion Tar Heels opened practice last week, said of the federal investigation of bribery and fraud that rocked the college basketball world and cost Rick Pitino his job at Louisville: "I know it looks really bad. ...But to paint the entire college basketball world like this I don't think it's fair either because I don't think that's what the entire college basketball world is all about. ...I think that you can't legislate honesty. You can't legislate morality. You just try to get people to do things the right way."

Contributing: The Associated Press

   

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