As the door finally closes on the almost two-year-long investigation into the North Carolina football program, the NCAA announced Monday that the program will receive a 2012 postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years probation.
Former assistant coach John Blake also received a three-year show-cause penalty.
NCAA representatives will be discussing the punishments in a 3 p.m. conference call, bringing a conclusion to one of UNC’s most damaging scandals — one that resulted in the firing of its head football coach, the resignation of its longtime athletic director and harsh criticism of its chancellor.
The University will hold its own teleconference at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the sanctions.
“This case should serve as a cautionary tale to all institutions to vigilantly monitor the activities of those student-athletes who possess the potential to be top professional prospects,” the committee stated in its report.