Report: Duke billed UNC more than $27,000 for spray paint damage
Duke billed North Carolina $27,170.44 after the Tar Heels spray-painted the Blue Devils' visitor's locker room and practice facility turf following a Nov. 20 win in Durham, N.C., according to a report from Laura Keeley of the News & Observer in Raleigh.
UNC football coach Larry Fedora called to apologize the Friday after the game, and Tar Heels athletic director Bubba Cunningham sent an apology letter to Duke athletic director Kevin White in February, the report says.
The report also notes that Cunningham and Fedora each sent a $13,585.22 check to Duke in January.
From the report:
Most of the money—$22,028.44—went toward new carpet in the Duke visitor’s locker room. According to an email sent from Gerald Harrison, the Duke associate athletic director who oversees football, to UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham, 60 carpet tiles were spray painted, and they weren’t able to be cleaned. That required a full carpet replacement throughout the facility, Harrison wrote.
An additional $672.00 was required to remove spray paint from Duke’s practice field—there was a spray-painted line from 30 yard line to 50 yard line, according to the email. And $4,470.00 was needed to paint the walls of the practice facility and three panels in Wallace Wade stadium that had been sprayed U-N-C. "UNC" was also spray painted four places in the practice facility.
"While I may not understand the charges assessed, we take complete responsibility for our students and our programs," Cunningham wrote in his letter, according to the report.
Also included in the letter, the report says, was a photo of pillars of a UNC building that had been spray-painted with Blue Devils insignia prior to a Duke-North Carolina basketball game in Chapel Hill last February. Cunningham pointed out the previous vandalism case to demonstrate that "all fans, teams, coaches, students, etc. need to appreciate and respect the rivalry."