Roy Williams Thinks Deliberate NCAA Rule Violators Should Be Banned

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2017

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. North Carolina won 86-71. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams doesn't think the NCAA should be lenient with those who knowingly break NCAA rules. 

Williams told CBS Sports' Matt Norlander violators should receive lifetime bans from Division I basketball when they deliberately go against NCAA guidelines.

"You make a mistake, you know it's a mistake, you do it intentionally? You're done," Williams said.

According to Norlander, Williams is also in favor of trimming the NCAA's current rules "by a whopping 90 percent." By doing so, Williams believes there would be less ambiguity about those who are acting in bad faith.

Williams' comments come as college basketball as a whole is dealing with an FBI investigation that has implicated assistant coaches from a number of prominent programs. In October, the FBI charged 10 people as part of the investigation, and four of those charged were NCAA assistants.

According to ESPN's Mark Schlabach, the charges included "bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest service fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and Travel Act conspiracy."

Not too long ago, Williams and the Tar Heels basketball program were under the NCAA microscope amidst allegations the university placed some student-athletes into "paper classes" to help keep them eligible. The scandal not only included the men's basketball team but also women's basketball and football.

The NCAA didn't punish North Carolina, finding the university course in question was offered to all students—not just student-athletes. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, who's a member of the Division I Committee on Infractions, called the situation "troubling" but said placing athletes into easier classes didn't constitute an academic violation.

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