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SEC Commissioner Sankey refuses to step down from the NCAA’s investigation of North Carolina

There’s no denying that the NCAA’s investigation into the North Carolina academic scandal got considerably more serious once SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey was named the head of the infractions panel handling the case. Once Sankey came on board, the panel issued a third Notice of Allegations, which reinstates the “extra benefits” charge using harsher language, specifically mentions the men’s basketball and football programs, and expands the timeline to fall 2002 to summer 2011, meaning North Carolina’s fourth national championship from 2005 is also in question, along with their 2009 title. North Carolina was so upset by the new NOA that they’ve been trying to get Sankey thrown off the panel, accusing him of having a “personal, professional and institutional interest” in the outcome since he’s the SEC Commissioner.

Well, it didn’t work. Sankey denied a request to step down from the case, stating in a letter obtained by the Associated Press that he and the panel would “fairly decided this case.” In that letter, Sankey said that no further delays would be tolerated and that North Carolina must respond to the latest charges by May 16. From there, the NCAA enforcement staff will have until July 17 to respond, the panel will hear the case in mid-August, and hand down the ruling in the following weeks.

I’m not going to get my hopes up, but it sounds like Sankey means business. #TeamSankey


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15 Comments for SEC Commissioner Sankey refuses to step down from the NCAA’s investigation of North Carolina

  1. Cokely53
    3:02 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Why isn’t UNCs accreditation being questioned at all? Shouldn’t fake classes affect if a degree from the school means something?

    • runningunnin.454
      3:13 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

      It’s already been ruled upon by their accrediting association…they were put on probation; LOL

    • syrin23
      6:40 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

      I’m waiting for these idiots to blame the Russians.

    • Big DAWG Loggin
      6:59 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Smart people will put an SEC Commissioner on a judicial panel to render a decision / punishmet.

      Smart SEC Commissioner will say nothing.

  2. 4everblue
    3:08 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    ACC never gets punished, probably the reason UofLoser joined that conference.

  3. 2thepoint
    3:26 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Who was the guy he replaced and what conference was be from?

  4. Catcasey1
    3:35 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    All smoke and mirrors

  5. Underdog
    3:46 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Exactly! This just appears to be theater, much like Congress does when they act like they’re opposed to something they know their constituency doesn’t like, and then they may even vote against it KNOWING that there won’t be enough votes even with their vote.

    All theater.

    But we can hold out hope.

    Heck, it’s not that I’m even hoping they get punished, but if this was UK caught in such a scandal of institutional proportions, it seems like we’d already be on our 2nd year of the death penalty. Wonder if it would even affect Cal’s recruiting? Roy still seems to be getting pretty darn good players.

  6. KevinM
    4:14 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Zero punishment so far and they’ve continue to tell recruits there’s no there there like the liberal school they are. We can only hold out hope that serious punishment for playing with ‘fake student athletes’.

  7. catsarerunnin
    4:17 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    It will be another Jim Boeheim style slap on the wrist.

  8. MarkyMarkStoops
    4:24 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    This headline is a bit misleading, UNC never asked for Sankey to step down.

    From the article:

    Elliot Abrams — a Raleigh attorney representing a retired office administrator charged with violations — had written the NCAA saying Sankey had a “personal, professional and institutional interest” in the outcome as SEC commissioner while comparing it to “refereeing a championship game between an (Atlantic Coast Conference) team and an SEC team.”

    Still a dumb request, but let’s not be #FakeNews.

  9. 8xchamp
    5:53 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Death penalty for both of them

  10. DrSayre
    6:47 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Rumors were North Carolina was trying to get him replaced by John Higgins…

  11. Dennis Smith
    7:45 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    SACS should not be looked upon to adjudicate this situation. It would be unfair to hit NC, a public institution, with any type of a loss of accreditation. There are thousands (hundreds of thousands) of students that would be unfairly harmed. It should have been the NCAA that punished the Athletic Program of NC, those that promoted the fraud and those that received the benefits thereof. Unfortunately Emmert, the most unqualified leader in NCAA history was easily maneuvered into a completely ridiculous rational that lead to nothing being done to NC at all. Let’s hope Sankey can correct the matter and issue some serious punishments to NC. But don’t get your hopes up. When an incompetent leader is corrected by someone under him, it is usually the case that that person is replaced or fired.