Inside Carolina is reporting that North Carolina will lose another scholarship in the 2013 football class which signs next week on February 6th National Signing Day.
UNC is already down 15 scholarships over three years due to NCAA sanctions handed down in March. Since NSD had already passed UNC was allowed to delay the penalty a year starting with this years recruiting class, now instead of being down five scholarships, the Heels are down six. As if it wasn’t hard enough for Larry Fedora to turn around this program.
The additional penalty is because track star turned wide receiver Roy Smith walked onto the football program and ended up playing a pretty significant role on the team due to injuries at the WR and punt return positions. The NCAA rules however stipulate that the bylaws apply to the entire University, not just the football program.
The NCAA is essentially rolling this penalty over into this years recruiting class, technically the Heels can still sign 20 players even though they are only eligible for 19, but at some point, the bill becomes due. The real unfortunate thing here is that UNC should have known better and they should have sat Smith out last season and avoided this penalty.
The bright spot here is that the kids UNC has been recruiting all along will not be affected meaning Carolina doesn’t need to pull the rug out on any of their scholarship offers to players who have yet to commit. But if more than the 19 counters UNC is allowed they are over signing. For a program that should be watching their P’s and Q’s closely this is a head scratching miss.