Already bruised by scandals involving academic corner-cutting and improper gifts to football players, North Carolina's flagship public university is confronting a new problem: Allegations of improper travel spending.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Tuesday it had cut loose billion-dollar fundraiser Matt Kupec, a former star quarterback, over possibly improper travel spending. The questions arose from trips that Kupec, who is divorced, shared with another campus fundraiser who is the divorced mother of former Tar Heels basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, university officials said.
"Matt has made significant contributions over the years, raising billions of dollars for the university. However, these are serious issues that require a thorough investigation," campus Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a statement, adding that the university has started an audit of all travel-related expenses.
Thorp was not immediately available for an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.