UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell will serve a one-game suspension issued by UNC and a one-game suspension issued by the NCAA, according to a news release.
The University-issued suspension is for making a contact with an official during UNC's game against Duke on Jan. 24. The NCAA-issued suspension is for a Level III rules violation, "pertaining to activities that simulate game day introductions of prospects during an official visit." Assistant coach Tracey Williams-Johnson will also be suspended for one game by the NCAA for the same rule violation.
Hatchell will not coach at Sunday's game against N.C. State or the Feb. 7 game against Boston College.
“I place a high value on sportsmanship for myself, my team and the University,” Hatchell said in the release. “My actions at Duke were out of character and do not reflect the deep respect for our sport and its officials. And we unintentionally broke a rule during a recruiting visit, a mistake we will not make again. I accept responsibility for these mistakes and look forward to returning for the remainder of the year to coach this incredible group of women.”
The NCAA violation relate to a rule that states schools can't "arrange a game day simulation for prospects at an event associated with an official visit."