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The NCAA rules regarding a coach's responsibility and failure to monitor, which cost the Syracuse basketball program in an NCAA investigation, weren't applied in North Carolina's case, Orange coach Jim Boeheim says.
"I'm not going to comment on anything about that," Boeheim told the Post-Standard at Syracuse's media day Friday.
But then he did.
"But, as you mentioned many times, in your writings, head coach responsibility," Boeheim said to a reporter. "That didn't apply to North Carolina. Screamingly obvious. And I'm surprised that you, in particular, haven't been all over that. I'm supposed to know about a 10-page paper and they don't know about 18 years of A's? ...
"Well, (the rules are) certainly applied differently."
In 2015, Boeheim was suspended for nine games as Syracuse was forced to vacate 101 victories and lost eight scholarships over a four-year period related to academic misconduct and improper benefits.
The NCAA's Committee on Infractions made Boeheim responsible for the actions of director of basketball operations Stan Kissel, who aided player Fab Melo in writing his paper, the Post-Standard reported. It did not note whether or not Boeheim was also deemed responsible for the behavior of a basketball receptionist and tutor that the NCAA believed did work for three other players.
A years-long investigation at Carolina turned up evidence of classes that were used heavily by athletes but also other students, and the NCAA recently ruled that the academic rigor was outside of its purview and did not penalize the UNC athletics department.
The NCAA found that the only people who committed rules violations were the head of the African-American studies program, Julius Nyang'oro, and his secretary, Debbie Crowder, who would not have reported to basketball coach Roy Williams.
"I know every year what my players get and what courses they get them in," Boeheim told the Post-Standard. "I get a report every semester. What course. What grades."
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