Thursday, September 13, 2012

Evidently, Chapel Hill Enjoys A Good Scandal...

(Dan Sears/UNC Chapel Hill)
...because they keep on coming.

Here’s the latest:

Tami Hansbrough, the mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, resigned her position as a fundraiser at UNC-Chapel Hill on Wednesday as officials studied a range of trips she took with chief fundraiser Matt Kupec.

Kupec, who resigned Sunday amid questions about the travel, was in a relationship with Tami Hansbrough. Hansbrough had been on administrative leave.

“Tamara Hansbrough has resigned her position as a major gifts officer, effective immediately, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” according to a short news release from the university late Wednesday.

The News & Observer has confirmed that university officials are studying at least six trips taken by Kupec and Hansbrough that coincided with basketball games for Hansbrough’s son, Ben, while he was a star player at Notre Dame.  The two also travelled to cities where Tyler Hansbrough was playing for the Indiana Pacers. 

UNC officials have not provided any further details about travel at university expense that Chancellor Holden Thorp has said in an interview was unacceptable. UNC has not provided any records about the trips, including costs to the university, whether Kupec and Hansbrough reimbursed the university, and other details.

“We are in the preliminary stages of our review,” said Regina Stabile, a university lawyer.

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