I’ll add a few tidbits here as promised in the other thread regarding the UNC BOG and their flexible standards.
The NCAA cleared Jim Valvano of any involvement in the violations they found at State as did an internal investigation by NC State. The UNC BOG insisted on another investigation to reach the conclusion that Valvano had to be fired. This was primarily for taking some of the spotlight off of Dean Smith.
NC State’s athletic department suffered from having a Tar Heel Alum installed as AD right when this all happened. They guy got canned pretty quickly from his next job and the rampant mediocrity he installed lived on until Debbie Yow took over 6-8 years ago.