AP Exclusive: SEC’s Sankey refuses to step down in UNC case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has denied a request seeking his removal as head of the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina’s ongoing academic case because of a conflict of interest.
Sankey stated in an April 14 letter obtained by The Associated Press that the panel would “fairly decide this case.”
“The panel, including me, will hear and decide this case based on the case record and the membership’s bylaws,” Sankey wrote to all involved parties.
Elliot Abrams — a Raleigh attorney representing a retired office administrator charged with violations — had written the NCAA saying Sankey had a “personal, professional and institutional interest” in the outcome as SEC commissioner while comparing it to “refereeing a championship game between an (Atlantic Coast Conference) team and an SEC team.”
UNC faces five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control, in the multiyear probe centered on irregular courses in an academic department.

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