Ten months have passed since NCAA investigators first contacted the North Carolina athletic department to say they would be on campus to conduct interviews.
But investigators have yet to send UNC a letter of inquiry or notice of allegations regarding their finds, despite multiple suspensions and ruling three former Tar Heel football players as permanently ineligible from collegiate competition.
During the 10-month span, the team won seven regular season games, won its first bowl game since 2001 and has prepared about a dozen players for this week’s NFL Draft.
“(The NCAA hasn’t) been here in several months, and that’s something that obviously the University and the institution, that’s more in their area of expertise,” coach Butch Davis said before the first spring practice on March 16. “Ours is trying to get this football team prepared to play the 2011 season.”
The investigation still hovers over Chapel Hill like a black cloud, as it was the first time UNC athletics had seen that level of attention from NCAA enforcement agents since the mid-1900s with Frank McGuire’s basketball team.