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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp and board of trustees chairman Wade Hargrove say they’re committed to having a nationally competitive football program despite the NCAA investigation of the past year.

Thorp and Hargrove spoke at the start of Thursday’s trustees meeting. Thorp says the school’s announcement of self-imposed penalties Monday shows that the school acknowledged violations and has responded appropriately.

The school has put the football program on two years of probation, vacated all 16 wins from 2008 and 2009, cut nine scholarships over the next three years and issued a $50,000 fine.

Hargrove says there are no plans to de-emphasize football. He says there is the same passion for the sport as before the NCAA began investigating improper benefits and academic misconduct within the program.

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