Bubba Cunningham had to think about every single word of his presentation to the Faculty Athletics Committee Thursday.
Taking extra pauses to ensure he didn't reveal confidential information, Cunningham, the director of athletics, answered questions on the impending response to the NCAA's notice of allegations, which cited UNC for five potential level one violations, including a lack of institutional control.
The NCAA sent its notice to UNC in late May, and the deadline for the University to respond is Tuesday — the first day of undergraduate classes for the semester.
The NCAA limits the information that can be made public during an investigation, so Cunningham's hands were tied when faculty members inquired about what the response contains as well as the process of releasing the response.
He did however make one fact very clear.
"There are zero allegations of academic fraud (from the NCAA)," he said.
The notice, he said, mentions "improper benefits" given to student-athletes, but never categorizes it as academic fraud.
UNC's response allows for the University to make their case for each of the claims, some of which Cunningham said were not defensible.
Two of the five violations relate to the actions of Julius Nyang'oro, the former chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and his secretary, Deborah Crowder, who ran a paper class scheme in the department for nearly two decades.