North Carolina has been banned from postseason play for the 2012 season, which was the most significant penalty handed down by the NCAA in response to the scandal that occurred in 2010 and led to the firing of coach Butch Davis.

North Carolina has been banned from postseason play for the 2012 season, which was the most significant penalty handed down by the NCAA in response to the scandal that occurred in 2010 and led to the firing of coach Butch Davis.

North Carolina also must give up five scholarships in each of the next three seasons, and former assistant coach John Blake has been hit with a "show cause" provision for three years, effectively preventing him from working as a college coach for the next three years. The school also was placed on three years' probation.

North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp said he was disappointed by the severity of the NCAA sanctions but said the school will not appeal.

The NCAA ruled as a result of its investigation that began in June 2010 that North Carolina had committed nine major rules violations. The violations included academic fraud and improper benefits, most of which were performed by Blake.

Seven players missed the entire 2011 season as a result of the scandal, and seven others sat out at least one game.

Davis was fired last July. However, he was not named in any of the violations.

• Georgia coach Mark Richt has agreed to a five-year contract that will carry him through the 2016 season.

Final details were not released.

Richt, who just completed his 11th season, is making $2.81 million annually in his current deal.

Georgia was 10-4 last season, including a loss in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Georgia also announced a new three-year contract for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.