By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An attorney in North Carolina’s ongoing academic scandal wants Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey removed as head of the NCAA infractions panel hearing the case because of a conflict of interest.
Raleigh attorney Elliot Abrams wrote the NCAA this month saying Sankey “has a personal, professional and institutional interest in the outcome” of the case involving his client, Deborah Crowder, a retired UNC office administrator.
In a second letter Tuesday, Abrams stated the third Notice of Allegations outlining charges against Crowder and UNC should be tossed out. He says they are the result of “inappropriate pressure from a conflicted hearing panel.”
Abrams provided The Associated Press with copies of both letters. The requests are part of the latest snag in the oft-delayed case featuring five top-level charges.
AP Sports Writer John Zenor in Birmingham, Alabama, contributed to this report.
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