University of North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp apologized today for expressing his disappointment over former football coach Butch Davis offering a team scholarship to his son, acknowledging that discussing a specific recruit is an NCAA violation.
Thorp's comments concerning Drew Davis' scholarship offer came during a Thursday phone interview with News & Observer reporter Ken Tysiac about the NCAA investigation of the Tar Heels football program. Thorp said he was disappointed that Butch Davis had offered the scholarship without consulting with him or UNC athletic director Dick Baddour.
“Yesterday I honestly answered a specific question asked by a reporter about a scholarship offer to a prospective student-athlete," Thorp said in a statement released this afternoon. "I am advised that acknowledging the scholarship offer was an NCAA Level II Secondary violation, which I regret. In accordance with NCAA policy the University has voluntarily reported this to the ACC.”
According to NCAA bylaws, a secondary violation is one “that is isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant impermissible benefit (including, but not limited to, an extra benefit, recruiting inducement, preferential treatment or financial aid).”