UNC self reports NCAA violations after football players found to have sold team-issued gear

Wednesday’s reported NCAA violations are another black eye for UNC football while evoking the debate over compensation for college athletes.  (AP)

North Carolina’s bad football day got worse late Wednesday when the team announced that it had self reported violations to the NCAA in February.

The news followed on the heels of head coach Larry Fedora’s CTE-denial rant about football being under attack while linking the game to U.S. military superiority.

Players in trouble for selling shoes

The reported violations stem from players allegedly selling team-issued athletic shoes and gear and could lead to suspensions for the players involved. Players were not named in the report.

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham discussed the violations on Twitter.

More bad news for UNC football

While Wednesday afternoon’s news isn’t as troubling or salacious as Fedora’s bizarre press conference, it is another black eye for the program that has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in recent years.

The school fired head coach Butch Davis in 2011 amid an improper benefits investigation that ultimately blew the lid off of the academic fraud scandal that made headlines out of Chapel Hill for years.

Should we even care if kids sell shoes?

Wednesday’s news of violations also brings up the debate of college athlete compensation and the dichotomy of a major athletic program making millions in profit off of its relationship with Nike and Jordan Brand while unpaid student athletes get in trouble for selling shoes.

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