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Top UNC fundraiser resigns amid questions
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Quote: Matt Kupec, a star quarterback for UNC-Chapel Hill who later returned to become its chief fundraiser, resigned Sunday after an internal investigation showed he and university fundraiser Tami Hansbrough appear to have taken personal trips at the university’s expense, Chancellor Holden Thorp said Monday.

Thorp said Kupec, the vice chancellor for university advancement, offered his resignation Sunday night after Thorp told Kupec a review of his travel with Tami Hansbrough, the divorced mother of former UNC star basketball player Tyler Hansbrough, showed trips that did not appear to be university related. Thorp said those trips appear to have included destinations where her other son, Ben Hansbrough, then a star basketball player at Notre Dame, was playing, but Thorp did not say how many.

“Last night I told Matt what I had been finding and I was going to have to do a thorough investigation of his travel, and he offered his resignation,” Thorp said, adding he accepted it.

“It was difficult because Matt has been such a great person for the university and has raised billions of dollars for us,” Thorp added, “but I had to share with him what we had been finding and it didn’t look good and that it’s likely that this sort of personally driven travel was unacceptable, and we are going to need to do a pretty thorough investigation of it.”

The personnel changes and internal investigation involving the mother of one of UNC’s most popular basketball players come amid a yearlong academic fraud investigation that also has ties to athletics. But Thorp said he did not see the fundraising controversy as being an athletics concern.

Quote:The personnel changes give another twist to Hansbrough’s unusual work history at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was originally hired on Dec. 8, 2008, as a fundraiser for the foundation that serves UNC-CH’s dental school.

At the time, her son Tyler, a senior, was beginning his final season on the basketball team, a season that would bring the university a national championship. Tyler Hansbrough was named an All-America and now plays in the NBA.

Thorp confirmed that a dental foundation audit later found that during that championship run, Tami Hansbrough had been traveling to cities in which Tyler Hansbrough was playing basketball. But Thorp said those foundation-paid trips were legitimate because she was raising money for the university, and UNC fans traveling to those games would have been good candidates to make donations.

Quote:In mid-2010, Kupec sought to hire a fundraiser. By then, Kupec was in a relationship with Hansbrough, Thorp said, and Thorp had heard that she might be interested in the job. When Thorp learned that she would be reporting to Kupec in the new job, Thorp told Kupec he could not hire her because it would violate the university’s nepotism policy since they were in a relationship.

The position disappeared and was never filled. A short time later, another fundraising position surfaced, only this time it reported to Winston Crisp, who is the vice chancellor for student affairs. Thorp said he had supported the position being created.

After what Thorp said was a proper job search with multiple candidates, Crisp hired Hansbrough for the job. But Hansbrough traveled regularly with Kupec, who separated from his wife in October 2009. The marriage ended two years later, Orange County records show.
09-12-2012 10:15 AM
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RE: UNC Academic scandal...
Yup -- **** just got real now, especially if bloodhounds can connect Kupec's money to athletes. That happens, and...


BOOOOOOM!!!! Nuclear.
09-12-2012 10:18 AM
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Interesting news:
http://www.wral.com/news/education/story/11555762/

is this starting to blow up?
09-17-2012 11:10 AM
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With Holden Thorp stepping down as chancellor after this school year the book has now been closed on the UNC academic scandal. Thorp was the last piece of the blame puzzle to be swept out of Chapel Hill as all of the other involved parties had already either been fired, resigned/retired.
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09-17-2012 11:40 AM
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I don't think the book is closed. Thorp didn't cause any of the problems at UNC. He's the guy at the top so he has to take the blame.
09-17-2012 01:49 PM
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(09-17-2012 11:40 AM)XLance Wrote:  With Holden Thorp stepping down as chancellor after this school year the book has now been closed on the UNC academic scandal.

Not if the persistence bloodhounds on PackPride have anything to do with it.
09-17-2012 05:03 PM
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(09-17-2012 05:03 PM)ecuacc4ever Wrote:  
(09-17-2012 11:40 AM)XLance Wrote:  With Holden Thorp stepping down as chancellor after this school year the book has now been closed on the UNC academic scandal.

Not if the persistence bloodhounds on PackPride have anything to do with it.

With the NCAA doing everything it can to look the other way, and the short attention span of the nation's news media and viewers, I doubt any thing else will come from the UNC scandal.

New evidence may be uncovered, but unless it creates such a stir that the NCAA is forced to act, the worst that will happen is what's happening to Miami. Maybe they'll have to take another year bowl ban but that's about it.
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Like I said -- you may wanna peek at some threads on PackPride. General consensus from the "in-the-know" sleuths is that more info is coming. I'll trust them b/c the've been spot-on ever since Marvin posted that ill-fated tweet.
09-17-2012 06:20 PM
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And... right on cue:

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=178&f=2515&t=9374421

Between the PackPride sleuths or the N&O's Dan Kane, one of them will get to the absolute bottom of things over at Cheater? Chapel Hill.
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RE: UNC Academic scandal...
Now, it appears that the pieces of the "Golden Goose" are in trouble.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/10/02/2...ss-at.html
10-03-2012 11:01 AM
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(10-03-2012 11:01 AM)ecuacc4ever Wrote:  Now, it appears that the pieces of the "Golden Goose" are in trouble.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/10/02/2...ss-at.html

Groups of students taking easier elective classes to help them with the rest of their course load is not uncommon and not against the rules. That class is suspect because it didn't have tests or quizzes back in the day but they've since corrected that. I don't see how this is supposed to bring more action from the NCAA.
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RE: UNC Academic scandal...
Just saw this on USA Today's website:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/201...a/1653359/

A football player plagarized get this a 11 yr old in a class last spring....

Just when you think it couldn't get worse for UNC.
10-24-2012 09:47 AM
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RE: UNC Academic scandal...
UGH - I knew some of our athletes weren't the brightest crayons in the box, but copying from 11 year olds.... SERIOUSLY, he couldn't strive higher than what is that 5th grade?

Though I'm not sure this will mean anything rules wise, as the incident happened in the past and isn't a current violation issue, I'd assume. Just utter humiliation for him and another forehead slap for the football program.

EDIT: And more ugly in today's Charlotte Observer... ugh... Document Release
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