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N.C. to Report Recruiting Violation

December 24, 2002

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ North Carolina will report a secondary recruiting violation to the NCAA after an assistant basketball coach spoke to a high school player this month.

Matt Doherty, coach of the No. 22 Tar Heels, said his staff would be careful not to repeat the mistake, one that is not likely to result in a serious penalty.

Assistant Fred Quartlebaum spoke briefly to Justin Bohlander of Winston-Salem Reynolds after the recruit’s Dec. 14 game. The conversation came during a period in which contact with players is not allowed. North Carolina is trying to land Bohlander as a walk-on.

Quartlebaum went toward the locker room after the game to talk to Reynolds coach Howard West, and Bohlander approached him. Bohlander then walked away while West and Quartlebaum talked for about 10 more minutes, West said.

``I understand the rule,″ Doherty told The Herald-Sun of Durham. ``But I think if those violations were turned in everywhere throughout the country, the NCAA would change the rules because that’s all they would have to handle.″

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