Davis 'not proud' of UNC scandal

Butch Davis

November 18, 2010 4:37:59 PM PST
UNC head football coach Butch Davis joined athletic director Dick Baddour and Chancellor Holden Thorp to face the UNC Board of Trustees Thursday.

The trio was there to update the board on the status of the NCAA investigation of UNC's football program. The program has been rocked for months by allegations of academic misconduct and inappropriate contacts between players and professional agents.

Thorp said Thursday that the fact finding part of the NCAA investigation is nearly complete.

"The university feels we've done everything we need to do," he said. "Our goal is to cooperate fully with the NCAA."

Thorp said the NCAA has visited the campus seven times and the North Carolina Secretary of State's office - which has the power to prosecute professional agents for misconduct - has visited twice.

Thorp said all the players that need to be disciplined have been and that he stands behind Davis and Baddour.

There is "no reason to make any more changes in the football program," he said.

Baddour told the board he accepts responsibility for the problems and is committed to making sure it never happens again.

He detailed plans to spend more time within the athletic program focusing on rules and agent issues. He said there is also ongoing review of the academic support system.

Davis also took responsibility.

"I am embarrassed and saddened and disappointed by the negative light on the football program," he said.

He said he was also committed to making sure is doesn't happen again.

"It's going to start with the coaching staff," he said. "We're going to be as diligent as we can to make sure they know the rules."

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