UNC won't ask NCAA to reduce scholarship cuts
The NCAA is gradually restoring football scholarships that Penn State lost because of sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced today.
But North Carolina won’t be getting its own scholarship cuts reduced.
“We accepted the penalties without appeal and are not going back to revisit it now,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said.
The Tar Heels are in the midst of a three-year period in which it will lose a total of nine scholarships because of NCAA violations involving academic fraud and improper benefits.
One big difference between the cases – UNC actually broke NCAA rules, while Penn State didn’t. That made last year's sanctions against Penn State unique, and presumably allows the NCAA to come back and change them without setting a precedent for other programs.