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UPDATE: UNC Independent Investigator Will Share Information With the NCAA

We wondered about this in our first post on the subject. Now we know the answer.

Streeter Lecka

I just received an update on the North Carolina situation. Ken Wainstein, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has recently made this statement, and I think it's very important that we include this as an integral part of our coverage of the subject of the NCAA investigation of the Tar Heels:

President Tom Ross and Chancellor Carol Folt asked that I meet with the NCAA Enforcement Staff and provide them with any information from our ongoing investigation that potentially falls within the NCAA's regulatory jurisdiction. My colleague Joseph Jay and I have since held meetings with the Enforcement Staff and have briefed them on our findings to date. We will continue to provide the NCAA with any relevant information that we learn during the remainder of our investigation. In order to preserve the integrity and independence of our ongoing investigation, this process is being conducted under strict confidentiality. The shared information is subject to the NCAA’s confidentiality rules, and it will not be disclosed to University personnel or anyone else until we issue our public report.

I think this speaks to the sincerity and determination by the independent investigator to get to the bottom of the problem, and I think that's laudable. I'm not really surprised, because anything less would surely have been criticized, and in my first post I mused that we didn't know whether or not the independent investigator would be sharing information with the NCAA.

It seems that question is now answered in the affirmative. Also, for your information, please take a look at the Tar Heel Blog for more coverage on this matter. Yes, they will defend their school, but we would do the same if the shoe was on the other foot. Try to keep it in perspective.