PINEHURST — ACC commissioner John Swofford said he was disappointed in the NCAA troubles facing North Carolina's football program on Sunday at the ACC Kickoff.
UNC, which had gone 50 years without a major NCAA violation, faces nine major violations in a hearing with the NCAA's Committee of Infractions in October.
Swofford, who played football at UNC and was the school's athletic director for 17 years, didn't specifically mention the school in his two-minute answer but said:
"Any time one of our schools has an NCAA problem, wherever it is, whichever one it is, I'm disappointed and concerned because that's not who we are as a league."
In a one-hour address to the media, Swofford had championed the league's academic track record, and said, along with compliance, it was one of the cornerstones of the conference.
UNC's violations range from academic fraud to seven players accepting more than $27,000 improper benefits.
"When you have those kinds of problems, you don't step back from what your cornerstones are and what you're all about," Swofford said. "You try to fix it and move forward."
Swofford termed UNC's problems as an exception and said the school needs to recommit to its values.
"You have to look at it, revaluate it and recommit to the appropriate values you want and have displayed throughout the league in the past," Swofford said.