When the end result of a two-year-long NCAA investigation came Monday, some faculty members were relieved.
But that feeling was diminished by the severity of the punishments.
Steve Reznick, chairman of the faculty athletics committee, said he thought the NCAA sanctions went too far, targeting those who had not been involved with UNC athletics when the infractions took place.
“I feel it was too harsh, because I feel like our self-imposed stipulations were very reasonable,” he said. “Adding additional stipulations at this point is essentially punishing people who didn’t do anything wrong.”
Reznick said changes to UNC athletics throughout the last two years have held those accountable for transgressions and replaced others.
Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham and head football coach Larry Fedora — two of the people most affected by the sanctions — replaced Dick Baddour and Butch Davis, respectively, as a direct result of the NCAA investigation.
“We have made a lot of changes to deal with this and decrease the chances that it will happen again,” Reznick said.
The NCAA mandated Monday that UNC football receive a 2012 postseason ban and a reduction of 15 scholarships, while UNC athletics as a whole will be placed on three years probation.
Despite Reznick’s concerns regarding the punishment, other faculty members were more optimistic.