Attorney wants SEC's Sankey off NCAA panel hearing UNC case

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.

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AP Sports Writer John Zenor in Birmingham, Alabama, contributed to this report.

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