NCAA sets Oct. 28 hearing date for UNC in academic case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is scheduled to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel Oct. 28 in the case tied to its long-running academic fraud scandal.

The hearing will focus on procedural arguments made by the school in its response to five serious charges instead of whether violations occurred. The school released correspondence Friday from the NCAA that set the hearing date in Indianapolis.

In its August response, UNC challenged the NCAA's jurisdiction to pursue charges, saying its accreditation agency was the proper authority to handle the matter among several procedural arguments. The school didn't self-impose penalties.

The case centers on irregularities in a department popular with athletes on the Chapel Hill campus, most notably lecture classes that didn't meet and operated as independent study.