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Tar Heels Football Vacates Wins, Loses Scholarships

September 20th 2011 02:05
In retrospect the hiring of Butch Davis as the football coach for the North Carolina football program was a costly move in many ways. That almost seems like an understatement in the light of Monday's events, in which the program vacated 16 wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

The Tar Heels will also reduce their number of scholarships in the hopes of avoiding further penalties in light of the notice of allegations by the NCAA against the program for receiving impermissible benefits.

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"We have acknowledged our violations, and we've responded in the way you would expect of this University," UNC chancellor Holden Thorp said in a statement. "We think that the sanctions we have proposed accept responsibility and, at the same time, give our current and future student-athletes and coaches every opportunity for success.

The Tar Heels have done a good job of brushing off the turmoil in the early part of the season, posting a 3-0 mark with wins vs. James Madison, Rutgers and Virginia. The success, although not against powerhouse programs, came despite 14 players missing at least one game with seven sitting out the entire season

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