UNC panel recommends reforms to improve balance between academics, athletics in college sports

A panel created by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the Tar Heels and other schools should require academically at-risk students to sit out of games during their first year.

The panel was reviewing the balance between academics and athletics at UNC, which has faced a series of athletics-related scandals over the past three years. Its report, released Tuesday, issued 28 recommendations to the school covering everything from improved oversight and academic support for athletes to maintaining "responsible" spending for athletics operations.

Former UNC chancellor Holden Thorp appointed Hunter R. Rawlings III, president of the Association of American Universities, in August 2012 to lead the review. The panel said in its report that it hoped the proposals would be adopted by schools across the country.