The University of North Carolina has received its date to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions, which serves as the judge and jury in major NCAA investigations such as this.
UNC representatives will appear before the committee on Aug. 16 in Nashville, Tenn., where two days of hearings are expected.
“The hearing is the next step in bringing closure to this longstanding issue by allowing us the opportunity to address the Committee on Infractions and present the facts,” vice chancellor of University communications Joel Curran said in a statement.
University Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham will attend the hearing. The NCAA has requested that men’s basketball coach Roy Williams, football coach Larry Fedora and women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell attend the meetings as well.
This is the latest step in a long, ongoing process between the NCAA and North Carolina, which digs into the school’s alleged preferential treatment given to student-athletes in the classroom. The classes in question required little work from athletes to complete, some as little as only a paper to pass.
The hearing will help form what potential penalties and sanctions the university might face in the wake of the investigation, which dates back more than a decade.