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UNC Chancellor addresses academic fraud report

Kenneth Wainstein, Tom Ross, Carol Folt, Bubba CunninghamMessage from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Dear Carolina Community,

Earlier today, Kenneth Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor, released the findings of his independent investigation into academic irregularities at Carolina. You may view the report at carolinacommitment.unc.edu.

I recognize that the past few years have been challenging for our community, but today we have a full picture of what happened. I am deeply disappointed by the duration and the extent of the wrongdoing, as well as the lack of oversight that could have corrected it sooner. We could have saved so much anguish and, more importantly, protected the students and countless members of our community who played absolutely no role. My greatest hope is that we can restore your trust and ensure that you do not feel diminished by the bad actions of others.

It is important to separate the past from the present—and the future. Mr. Wainstein found that the irregularities were confined to one department, peaked almost a decade ago and ended in 2011. Since first learning of these irregularities four years ago, Carolina took action to stop the wrongdoing and implemented numerous additional reforms, and we continue to take actions that build on the initiatives currently in place.

We already are stronger as a result of our journey, not only from the reforms, but because of our willingness to accept responsibility. Now is our time to show how resilient we can be – how we are going to continue the process of deep soul-searching and self-reflection, and how we are going to use what we have learned to become better, stronger and even more proud of who we are as an institution.

I expect the members of our community to experience a range of emotions about the report’s findings and our actions. As you reflect upon the learnings, remember that our University’s 221-year history has never been defined by a single moment. Rather, our legacy is built from the impressive accomplishments and discoveries made every day on this campus by our students, faculty and staff.

In that spirit, let me remind you of our town hall event this evening from 5 to 6 p.m. in room G100 of the Genome Sciences Building. I want to provide you with more insights on the report and respond to your questions. I hope you will be able to join me.

I feel today, more than ever, that it is the privilege of my career to be chancellor of one of the greatest universities in America. I am so proud of what our campus community is accomplishing – and where we are headed.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Carol L. Folt
Chancellor

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Fedora interview: Heels must be efficient vs. Georgia Tech

Larry Fedora.

Larry Fedora.

North Carolina faces Georgia Tech in a game of contrasting styles. The Tar Heels move quickly while the Jackets are methodical.

Q. As far as this upcoming matchup with Georgia Te ch, they struggled a little bit last week throwing the ball. They’ve become dominant over the years in running the ball. How are you preparing your team for them right now?
COACH LARRY FEDORA: For me it’s the same as any Paul Johnson-coached team. They’re going to be very disciplined. They’re going to run the ball extremely well. When you least expect it, they’re going to beat you with the pass. That’s what this offense does. It was uncharacteristic for them to turn the ball over like they did last week. I’m sure that’s something that they’re addressing. We hope we can create some turnovers defensively because we need those extra possessions on offense. They’re going to restrict you to probably about nine, maybe ten possessions on offense. So we need every extra possession we can get.

Q. Talking to Paul Johnson, I asked him about your defense. He brought up an interesting point about tempo. Obviously Georgia Tech controls the ball, keeps their defense off the field. He says, I’m sure our defense hasn’t played as many plays as you have. Is that a factor in maybe causing some of the defensive problems, that your offense plays fast and doesn’t control the clock, you have to play a lot of plays on defense?
COACH FEDORA: Well, when you look at the two, I’m sure that our defense is on the field more than their defense is on the field. Part of that is the styles of offense that you run. I don’t think that Paul and them are
necessarily trying to slow the game down. It’s just what they do. They’re still trying to score on every play. I mean, they probably have two or three play-scoring drives just like everybody else. They’re probably more methodical. They’re going to pick up four or five yards a carry. They’re going to move the chains, which is going to run the clock, which will keep their defense off the field. When you look at the two, our defense is definitely on the field more than theirs. Part of the problem is you have to get off the field when you’re on defense. When you’re out there, you still
control whether those chains keep moving or not, and you’ve got to get off the field.

Q. That’s exactly what he said, that they’re still trying to score, but it just works out that way. As far as getting off the field, I guess Georgia Tech, it seems like the game they really struggle offensively is when other teams can force turnovers, get them off the field that way. Not so many three-and-outs.
COACH FEDORA: You’re right. I’ve looked at them for years. Normally we average about 14 to 15 possessions in a game on offense. Against Georgia Tech, except for the 2012 year where we had that huge shootout, we’re probably going to get nine possessions. I think we had 10 last year, one of them was with 24 seconds on the clock left in the second half. Nine real possessions. You can’t screw up. You’ve got to be very, very efficient offensively. You have to move the
chains and you have to put the ball in the end zone when you get the opportunity.

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Tuesday ACC football coaches’ quotes

dukestateunc2UNC is dealing with another strong offensive performance that still resulted in a loss. NC State is dealing with players who took part in some inappropriate BB gun incident. And Duke is coming off a big win over favored Georgia Tech and will be favored at home over an improving Virginia team.

UNC Coach Larry Fedora said:
After evaluating the film on Sunday and really breaking it down we found that there’s some good things and some bad things in all three phases of the game, as usual. But there were many bright spots, there were some good things that we were able to take from this game and hopefully we’ll be able to grow on and we’ll be a better football team because of it. We’re excited about coming home and playing in front of our fans again. We’re taking on a very good Georgia Tech football team that totally makes you stop everything that you’re doing on defense and change to prep are for the triple option attack.

NC State coach Dave Doeren said:
I believe in holding guys accountable and treating them fairly and helping them learn from their mistakes, and keep building our program in the right way. I love the kids on our football team and I believe that my job is part coach, part mentor, part father and part disciplinarian, all those parts are important. It’s a new week, new opportunity. It’s an opportunity to play a very good team (Louisville) on the road. It’s a new opportunity for some guys to step into a little more playing time in certain positions. It’s an opportunity for our leaders to be stronger leaders, and an opportunity for our young guys to try and play as old as possible. I think in today’s times that its really important to learn and face problems and face up for what they are, handle it and help young men become better young men.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said:
Obviously, every week is going to be a big week. Getting to play back-to-back and then having an open date, hopefully we can continue our focus to play a very good Virginia team that could very easily be undefeated if you watch them on tape. They’ve really played well all year. They do outstanding things in all three phases.

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UNC sweeps ACC weekly swimming and diving awards

uncswimcapNorth Carolina captured all four ACC Swimming and Diving weekly awards, as the Tar Heels took down Tennessee this past weekend in Chapel Hill. Ben Colley, Jack Nyquist, Hellen Moffitt and Michole Timm were all recognized for their strong showings.

Colley, who earned ACC Male Swimmer of the Week honors, won two individual events and swam on the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay. Colley swam away from the field in both butterfly events, winning the 100-yard event in 47.54 and the 200-yard event in 1:45.67, both times ranking No. 1 in all of NCAA Division I. Colley also anchored the Tar Heels’ relay with a leg split of 44.26, the fastest split of any swimmer in the event.

The ACC Male Diver of the Week, Nyquist easily won the 1-meter diving competition with 371.63 points, finishing more than 17 points ahead of the runner-up in the event. Nyquist finished second in the 3-meter diving competition with 412.43 points, being edged by just .22 of a point by Mauricio Robles of Texas, who was a first-team All-American last year.

Moffitt grabbed ACC Female Swimmer of the Week after posting three individual wins and swimming on one winning relay as she helped power the Tar Heels over the Volunteers. Moffitt met NCAA B qualifying times in all three of her individual events; the 100-yard backstroke (53.49), the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.79) and the 100-yard butterfly (53.73). She also led off the victorious 200-yard medley relay with a 50-yard backstroke time of 24.90.

The ACC Female Diver of the Week, Timm, a transfer from the University of New Mexico, scored 319.20 points on the 1-meter board, being edged by her own teammate, Elissa Dawson by just 1.2 points. Later in the meet, Timm set the school record in the three-meter diving event with a score of 352.55 points. The redshirt senior’s score was more than 20 points more than the previous university record of 331.45 points scored by Jenna Moore in 2011.

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Duke’s Cash, UNC’s Williams receive weekly ACC honors

Jeremy Cash.

Jeremy Cash.

North Carolina junior quarterback Marquise Williams received the nod as ACC Offensive Back of the Week while Duke junior safety Jeremy Cash was recognized as the ACC Defensive Back of the Week.

Williams accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, one rushing, one receiving) in the Tar Heels’ 50-43 loss at sixth-ranked Notre Dame. He became the first ACC player since 2000 to throw a TD pass and record TDs running and receiving in the same game twice in a career.

Williams finished 24-of-41 passing for 303 yards and rushed for a career-high 132 yards on 18 carries to become the first player in school history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game.

Williams played the entire game, leading the Tar Heels to 521 yards of total offense.

North Carolina’s 43 points are the most Notre Dame has ever surrendered in a win and came against the nation’s No. 3-ranked scoring defense.

The Tar Heels’ 521 total yards are the most allowed by Notre Dame since Alabama had 529 in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.

Cash came up with two second-half takeaways that led to 14 Duke points in the Blue Devils’ 31-25 road win at previously unbeaten and 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech. His fumble recovery jump-started a nine-play, 46-yard touchdown drive that gave Duke a 21-12 lead.

Cash then intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards to set up a three-play, 23-yard march for another touchdown that put the Blue Devils in front 31-12. Cash also broke up a pass on a Georgia Tech two-point PAT attempt with 5:04 remaining in the game, leaving Duke with a 31-18 lead.

He finished with seven tackles and broke up another pass in addition to the one on the PAT attempt. His effort led a Duke defense that held the Yellow Jackets to 9.6 points below their season average and forced three turnovers. Georgia Tech had committed a total of just four turnovers in its five previous games.

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UNC women’s soccer holds on to beat No. 5 Va. Tech

Anson Dorrance.

Anson Dorrance.

Eighth-ranked North Carolina scored the opening three goals of the match and withstood a furious rally by fifth-ranked Virginia Tech to prevail 3-2 in women’s soccer action Friday afternoon at Fetzer Field.

Carolina won its sixth match in a row and improved to 7-2-1 on the season. The Tar Heels also kept their ACC record perfect at 4-0. Virginia Tech, which opened its campaign with 10 successive wins, has now dropped two of its past three matches and is now 11-2 on the season and 2-2 in the ACC.

Carolina built a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Megan Buckingham and Sarah Ashley Firstenberg and then made it 3-0 in the third minute of the second half on a goal by Joanna Boyles.

Virginia Tech answered UNC’s third goal just 1:05 later on an unassisted goal by Candace Cephers. That goal switched the momentum to the Hokies, who scored less than 10 minutes later to cut the lead to 3-2. The Hokies went on to outshoot the Tar Heels 10-3 overall in the second half but Carolina’s defense held strong over the last 31:45 of the match to prevail with the victory.

Other than a tie at defending national champion UCLA, Carolina has played nothing but one-goal games this year and has persevered to post a 7-2 record in those games.

UNC opened the scoring just 3:07 into the match as freshman Megan Buckingham scored her third goal of the season to finish off a nifty passing combination. Amber Munerlyn fed a through ball from 22 yards out through the penalty area to Summer Green who took it on the right side of the box in stride and sent a ball across the six-yard line. Buckingham ran on to the ball in stride and finished perfectly into the center of the goal.

The Hokies almost got the tying goal at the 9:47 mark of the half. After a foul by the Tar Heels near midfield, the Hokies’ Katie Yensen sent a dangerous free kick into the box where Murielle Tiernan headed it on from the three- yard line. Heaberlin held her line and gobbled up the shot to keep the Tar Heels in the lead. Just a couple of minutes later, Carolina had an excellent chance to score as Summer Green found Joanna Boyles in the box off a corner kick. Boyles sent a shot to the far post that was cleared off the line at the last second by a Virginia Tech defender.

The Tar Heels would outshoot the Hokies 9-4 in the first half and they capitalized with a second goal just 2:01 before halftime. Three reserves combined on the goal that resulted in a nifty header by Sarah Ashley Firstenberg finding the back of the net for her first career goal. Annie Kingman sent a ball from the center of the pitch to the left side where defender Danae O’Halloran sent a perfect cross to the onrushing Firstenberg who skied for the put away. O’Halloran’s assist was her first career point.

The Heels struck early in the second half as Joanna Boyles scored on a looping shot from the top of the penalty area. Carolina sent a ball into a dangerous area and Virginia Tech goalkeeper Caroline Kelly came off her line and was unable to snag it. Amber Munerlyn ran on to the ball and centered a pass back to Boyles who finished into the upper left corner for her third goal of the year.

Virginia Tech scored at 48:51 on Cephers’ fourth goal of the year. Shannon Mayrose of the Hokies sent a dangerous pass into the box that Lindsay Harris knocked down on the goal line. Megan Buckingham immediately cleared the ball off the line but it went right to Cephers who headed it in.

The Hokies struck again at 58:15 as Murielle Tiernan scored her ninth goal of the season, assisted by Ashley Meier. After a build up in the attacking third, Meier slipped a pass across the box to Tiernan who finished from 12 yards out past a diving Harris who had come off her line to cut off the angle.

Virginia Tech would continue to make things interesting for the Tar Heels but it produced only one more shot on goal. After a foul by Carolina, Jordan Coburn sent a shot from 35 yards out that Harris tipped over the bar at the 66:42 mark. Carolina’s defense then limited Virginia Tech to a single shot in the final 23:18 to earn the result.

Virginia Tech ended the match with a 14-12 edge in shots while UNC won seven corner kicks in comparison to six for the Hokies. Caroline Kelly finished with three saves for the Hokies. Bryane Heaberlin played the first half for the Tar Heels in goal and made two saves and improved to 4-1 in goalie decisions this year. Lindsey Harris made three second half saves for Carolina.

The Tar Heels will have a six-day break from action before continuing their three-game home stand next Thursday when they host Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Carolina will follow that up with a match against Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 12 at 1 p.m.

- News release

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What Beamer says about playing the Tar Heels

Frank Beamer.

Frank Beamer.

Here’s what Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had to say about North Carolina, his team’s opponent this weekend.

“They’re fast,” he said. “We’ve had some success speeding it up. We try to set the tempo. Sometimes it’s not as fast as other times. I think we’ve got to think about that in this ball game.”

What are some of the biggest things you’ve seen on film from them and your anticipation of this game and what
they’re bringing forward?

“Well, I think playing two quarterbacks, and both of them are extremely capable, good results. I think like 64 percent passing,” Beamer said. “The running yards per game is good. I think they can put up a lot of points, averaging 41, if I’m not mistaken.

“And defensively, they’re extremely athletic, like all of us. They’ve had some big plays against them, and I think all of us are trying to cut down on the big plays. A punter that’s been there a few years, Hibbard, he’s a weapon for them. I think they’ve got a good football team.”

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Fedora news conference: Heels can’t afford to give up big plays vs. Va. Tech

Larry Fedora.

Larry Fedora.

North Carolina football coach is looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd but he knows the Tar Heels will have to not give up big plays like it did against Clemson if they expect to win.

Q. Just kind of wanted to — obviously
looking at that last game against Clemson and
what happened going to this, what did you
learn the most about your team in that game
that you can bring forward into this match-up?

LARRY FEDORA: Well, we did a lot of
things better, and then we did some things not very
good. I will say that our team fought throughout
the entire game all the way till the end, and we just
didn’t make enough plays. But there were some
very bright spots in the game and we had some
guys that made some really nice plays, and we felt
like we did a really good job of stopping the run,
but we gave up too many mental mistakes and big
plays to win a football game of that caliber.

Q. As you look forward with this team
and you look at your upcoming match-up, I
know you spoke on it a little bit, but what can
you say about what you’re heading into this
week and what your expectations are of your
team and this game against Virginia Tech?

LARRY FEDORA: Well, we’re going to
have to play better, there’s no doubt about it.
Virginia Tech is very well coached. Bud Foster,
starting with their defense, does a tremendous job
of pressuring, getting people to the quarterback,
playing man coverage on the outside and daring
you to beat them, and they’ve done a tremendous
job of that. Having given up many points playing
the game that way, and they’re very confident in
the way they do it.
You know they’re going to be very sound
in everything they do on special teams. There are
not going to be any mistakes there. And
offensively I think they’ve evolved and they’re
throwing the ball much better than they have in the
past. They’ve got some big receivers and tight
ends, and the quarterback is doing a great job for
them.
We’re going to have to play a really good,
complete football game.

Q. I’m curious, they’re a different
football team when they’re able to run the ball
effectively, and obviously with what you guys
do on offense, they’re going to want to possess
the football. What do you see from their run
game, and why were you guys so effective
against it last year?

LARRY FEDORA: You know, I think — I
mean, I’ve always thought they’ve done a good job
of running the football, and we felt like last year we
were going to have to stop the run. We
concentrated our efforts at that point, and we’re
going to have to do the same thing this year.
We’re going to have to stop the run. If we allow
them to be two-dimensional, it will be a very
difficult day for us. They will stay on the field. For
us to get off the field, we have got to stop the run,
and then we’ve got to hold up in the passing game.

Q. And on the other side of the ball,
Kendall Fuller, and they have some very
accomplished guys in that secondary, but
they’ve struggled some in pass defense. What
do you see there that’s been a problem for
them?

LARRY FEDORA: Well, I’d like to know
where was the struggle on pass defense.

Q. Well, they gave up late scores
against Georgia Tech and ECU and ECU threw
for a ton against them.

LARRY FEDORA: Yeah, they threw for a
ton. ECU is going to throw for a ton on a lot of
people. I’ll tell you this, watching them, Virginia
Tech, with as much man, free and zero coverage
that they play, I think their secondary does an
unbelievable job of accomplishing what they
accomplish, because you’re not just bouncing in
and out of it, you’re majoring in it, and I think that
says he’s got complete confidence in those guys
on that back end and what they’re doing.

Q. Are Landon Turner and Jon Heck
healthy again and ready to get back on the field
this week?

LARRY FEDORA: They’re both getting
better. That’s the best I can tell you. They’re both
getting better.

Q. Even though you put up some pretty
good offensive numbers the last couple of
weeks, how much would both of those guys
being in there help your attack?

LARRY FEDORA: Well, it would definitely
help us. I mean, it’s your two most experienced
starters that we have in the offense. We already
had a very young offensive line, and then without
those two guys in there we’ve become much
younger and a whole lot less experienced. Yeah, it
would help us tremendously for the continuity that
we could eventually get going in the offensive line.

Q. My question was about Landon
Turner. You said he was going to play on
Saturday. What would his presence on the
field as well as the leader of the line mean if he
were to come back, especially with the defense
you’re facing Saturday?

LARRY FEDORA: Yeah, if we can get him
back, he still brings some definite leadership up
front, a calming effect for guys when things aren’t
going exactly as expected, and a guy that can
bring those guys together and just keep them
focused and keep them going in the right direction.

Q. I think it’s fair to say based on the
last few games, the secondary is an area of
concern. What have you done this week to
improve the secondary and shore up the
mistakes that were made against Clemson and
just get better on that part of the defense?

LARRY FEDORA: Yeah, well, mental
mistakes are basically a lack of focus. I mean,
that’s what it is. When you have a missed
assignment, unless you have not been taught your
job and don’t know your job, then I would say it’s a
lack of focus, and so we really haven’t changed
what we’ve done practice-wise. It’s not like we’re
not practicing those things. It’s more of
challenging guys to make sure they do their job
and they understand the importance of doing their
job on every snap, both in practice and in games.

Q. And after the two tough losses, how
is the morale in the locker room and how is
practice this week in regards to the kids’
attitudes going forward and heading into
Virginia Tech?

LARRY FEDORA: Morale is fine. Morale
is fine. The locker room is fine. I mean, energy
level, practice is fine. I mean, these guys, you
have to learn how to put things to bed and move
on so that they don’t bite you twice. Our guys have
done a good job of that, and they’re ready to roll.

Q. Talk about playing against Frank
Beamer. What does he mean for this league as
the elder statesman for the league?

LARRY FEDORA: Well, I mean, he’s a
legend. 28 years at the school is — I don’t know if
you’ll ever see that again in this day and age of
college football. I mean, you can’t say enough
great things about Frank Beamer, what he means
to the game of football, what he’s brought to
Blacksburg and to the ACC.

Q. And talk about the new guys. I
know the last couple weeks have been tough.
What do you guys have to do to improve on
Saturday?

LARRY FEDORA: Well, offensively we’re
going to have to — we have to move the chains. I
mean, we’re going to have to stay on the field and
move the chains. To do that we’re going to have to
play — we’re going to have to run the ball
effectively, and I can’t say that probably anybody
but Georgia Tech ran the ball effectively on these
guys, so we’re going to have to do a very good job
of that to be able to move those chains.
Defensively we’re going to have to stop the
run, and we’re going to have to create some
takeaways. That’s going to be huge for us to get
off the field on 3rd downs, and then special teams
we really need to create a game-changing play on
special teams.

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UNC women’s soccer hosts Va. Tech in big sportsmanship week game

uncsoccerThe ACC will continue its sportsmanship awareness campaign by recognizing Fall Sportsmanship Week from Sept. 29 – Oct. 5 with No. 5 Virginia Tech traveling to Chapel Hill to play UNC Friday night, Oct. 3.

The game will be live on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) so check your local listing.

ACC Sportsmanship Weeks are a campaign to emphasize sportsmanship as it relates to ACC teams, the conference and fans by designating one week during the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Seven ACC women’s soccer matches are a part of Fall Sportsmanship Week. The other top 25 matchup this week as No. 4 Virginia going to No. 14 Notre Dame. Notre Dame sophomore goalkeeper Kaela Little is this week’s ACC Player of the Week. Little played an integral role in a pair of ACC victories for the Irish including a 2-0 upset at No. 2/3 Virginia Tech Sept. 25.

The ACC boasts six teams ranked in both the NSCAA and Soccer America Top 25 polls, the most of any league. Three teams are among the top five in the NSCAA poll (No. 2 Florida State, No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Virginia Tech).

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ACC Council of Presidents set forth initial priorities balancing academics, athletics

Donna Shalala.

Donna Shalala.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is submitting its initial priorities as part of the new autonomy structure that will help every student-athlete better achieve the kind of rewarding experience they deserve as part of the collegiate model. The priorities are being sent forward to the NCAA by the October 1 deadline.

Each of the priorities builds upon the ACC’s overall mission to emphasize both academic excellence and athletic competitiveness, seeking to maximize the educational and athletic opportunities of its student-athletes while enriching their quality of life.

“The ACC has consistently been a leader in appropriately balancing academics and athletics,” said Donna Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami. “The list of priorities that we are submitting to the NCAA reflects our determination to continue improving our student-athletes’ experience as an integral part of the educational missions of our world-class universities.”

“The collegiate model is a very special part of this country’s educational system and culture, and we believe the priorities set forth continue to focus on the importance of better addressing the needs of our student-athletes,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The work that’s been done by our membership and now sent forth by the Council of Presidents shows a commitment to highlighting a more effective structure where these benefits can be realized.”

The Council’s priorities are a principled and disciplined approach to reform with a continued commitment to both male and female student-athletes and our broad-based programs.

The initial priorities being sent forward by the ACC include:

· Examination of scholarship protections for student-athletes;

· Meeting a student-athlete’s cost of attendance;

· Ensuring institutional flexibility to provide educational support for former student-athletes;

· Examination of career-related insurance options for student-athletes; and

· Ensuring that nutritional needs of student-athletes are met in a reasonable way.

Additional topics were also identified for further discussion and possible inclusion within future legislative cycles. These topics include, but are not limited to, exploring the time demands on student-athletes and safeguarding the right of student-athletes to enjoy the full educational opportunities and benefits available to other students.

The Council previously charged three subcommittees to evaluate the new NCAA autonomy topics relative to three subsets of student-athletes (prospective, current and former). Each subcommittee was chaired by a President and included a broad-based group of university practitioners that have expertise in the topics within each respective subcommittee. All 15 member institutions were represented between the three subcommittees. Following this work, the league’s 5-5-5 committee on autonomy reviewed the recommendations, which were then forwarded to the Council of Presidents.

- News release