RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has denied a request seeking his removal as head of the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina's ongoing academic case because of a conflict of interest.
Sankey stated in an April 14 letter obtained by The Associated Press that the panel, "including me," would "fairly decide this case."
Raleigh attorney Elliot Abrams - representing a retired office administrator charged with violations - had written the NCAA saying Sankey should step down because he had a "personal, professional and institutional interest" in the outcome as SEC commissioner.
In Sankey's response, the commissioner also details a new timetable of completion for the oft-delayed case. UNC must respond to the latest charges by May 16, then face an August hearing in the multiyear probe centered on irregular courses in a department.
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