CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 07: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels encourages his team during the game against the Davidson Wildcats at the Dean Smith Center on December 7, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 83-74. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

After three years, NCAA finally hands down shocking decision on punishment for UNC in academic scandal case

It's really about time.

North Carolina was originally supposed to receive its punishment last Friday for a years-long investigation into the academic scandal that took place from 2002 to 2011. However, that was postponed due to UNC launching a major fundraising campaign that day and asking for the postponement. Now, the NCAA is officially releasing its punishments for the university and it would appear there are none as the Committee on Infractions said there was essentially no extra benefit for student-athletes as the general student body also benefited and it is not the committee's duty to determine whether academic fraud occurred. Here is the statement from the NCAA:

UNC was accused of providing extra benefits to students via a professor and student services manager who were also accused of ethical conduct violations during the years the scandal was taking place. Special arrangements were allegedly provided to student-athletes in classes that were total anomalies in the curriculum. There were several other accusations with the main theme being that the university failed to exercise institutional control and failed to monitor the conduct and administration of athletics programs.

It appear UNC will not have to file an appeal since they were not found guilty of anything and this entire saga that started in 2014 has officially come to an end. You can find the full release from the NCAA here.

[h/t Scout]