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Maryland President Thinks North Carolina Will Receive the Death Penalty

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The University of North Carolina's future is up in the air depending on who you ask.

During a state senate meeting, President Wallace Loh of the University of Maryland has stated that it is his belief that the NCAA's current investigation into North Carolina will lead to a shutdown of athletic programs at some point.

"As president, I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes," Loh said. "One of them is an athletic scandal. It blows up the university, its reputation, it blows up the president."

Loh didn't stop there when it came to the Tar Heels program. He went on to say UNC's way of doing things would normally result in a shutdown of the athletic program.

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"For the things that happened in North Carolina, it's abysmal," Loh continued. "I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I'm not in charge of that."

The NCAA began looking into North Carolina since 2010 when there were discussions of academic fraud that could include as many as 3,100 athletes over 20 years.

It didn't take long for Loh's comments to reach the people at UNC.

"We were surprised that a sitting university president with no direct knowledge of our case would choose to offer such uninformed and highly speculative opinions," UNC's Vice Chancellor of Communications, Joel Curran, told The News & Observer. "Clearly, Dr. Loh misunderstands the facts of the case, and how NCAA bylaws apply to those facts. We are now preparing our response to a third Notice of Allegations and suggest he read it fully once it has been submitted to the NCAA and made public."

The last time the NCAA handed down the death penalty was 1987 to SMU's football program. It will take more than just allegations for something like that to come North Carolina's way.