In reports released last week, it was made known that UNC will have to pay the independent investigator they hired for the Wainstein report over 3 million dollars. It looks like the athletic department will also be shoveling over some cash to Duke as well. UNC dismantled rival Duke in Durham this past Thursday night to the tune of 45-20.
Duke employees reportedly found light blue spray paint in the locker room as well as the letters, “UNC” painted on the locker room door.
UNC has publicly accepted responsibility and announced their intent to pay for the damage done in the visiting locker room.
A joint statement released by the UNC athletic department read, “We take full responsibility for our players’ actions and will be paying for all costs associated with the cleanup. We view this as a rivalry built on mutual respect and we expect our players to behave better in a way that is more befitting of the rivalry.”
Head coach Larry Fedora found out Friday and called Duke head coach David Cutcliffe to apologize, and UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham reached out to Duke A.D. Kevin White as well.
Amidst all the chaos going on with UNC and its current academic scandal, the over exuberance of the players following the victory over Duke is understandable. UNC has owned the series with Duke the past 30 years, but Duke had won the past two by a total of five points.
UNC started the season 2-4 and has won four of its past five games with a matchup with rival NC State on slate this Saturday. With the game taking place in Chapel Hill the only locker room that will be vandalized if UNC wins will be its own.
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