Bizarre developments at the Univ. of North Carolina today, where InsideCarolina.com first broke the news that the school is looking into allegations that a tutor wrote papers for up to nine North Carolina football players.
Officials from North Carolina uncovered the academic issues in their own review, pertaining to a tutor, and self-reported the findings to the NCAA. Sources report the various players involved were relegated to the scout team at practice on Wednesday.
Worse yet, Joe Schad reports Thursday afternoon that the “tutor” in question is actually the nanny of Tarheels head football coach Butch Davis.
North Carolina is already under NCAA investigation for alleged extra benefits revolving around a South Beach party provided Tarheel football player Marvin Austin by an agent - and Austin’s role in facilitating extra benefits to other NCAA football players.
Schad reported today that Austin is also one of the players allegedly involved in what could amount to academic fraud.
Schad also reported Thursday of the new UNC revelations:
Among the players involved in UNC’s tutor investigation: Marvin Austin, Bruce Carter and Robert Quinn
Marvin Austin has said that Vontae Davis helped fund some of his South Florida expenditures
I do not believe that any UNC players will be suspended as of tonight; I believe the school will let the investigations run course
InsideCarolina.com reports that the school has scheduled a 7:30p ET press conference to address the situation.
North Carolina plays LSU a week from Saturday at the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Some Las Vegas sportsbooks pulled the betting line between the teams after today’s news of possible academic propriety surfaced.