Officials finally bust a Hansbrough for traveling

OK, this is not the Hansbrough everyone would expect to get caught for traveling, but a new and unlikely story has come out of Chapel Hill in the past couple of days. Props to the Pack Pride posters who initially came up with the title of this post. Great line and I had to use it.

Dan Kane of the News and Observer reported that the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, Matt Kupec, resigned over his travel expenses, especially those taken with Tami Hansbrough, the divorced mother of Tyler Hansbrough. Kupec and Hansbrough were dating and had taken personal trips to go watch Tami’s son Ben, a starting guard on the Notre Dame basketball team, but had expensed them to the university.

Matt Kupec, a star quarterback for UNC-Chapel Hill who later returned to become its chief fundraiser, resigned Sunday after an internal investigation showed he and university fundraiser Tami Hansbrough appear to have taken personal trips at the university’s expense, Chancellor Holden Thorp said Monday.

The personnel changes and internal investigation involving the mother of one of UNC’s most popular basketball players come amid a yearlong academic fraud investigation that also has ties to athletics. But Thorp said he did not see the fundraising controversy as being an athletics concern.


Thorp said Tami Hansbrough, a major gifts officer who earns $95,000 annually, has been placed on administrative leave as that investigation continues. Kupec declined to be interviewed Monday night but released a statement confirming the resignation. He did not provide details but thanked the university for his time there. Hansbrough could not be reached.


Thorp confirmed that a dental foundation audit later found that during that championship run, Tami Hansbrough had been traveling to cities in which Tyler Hansbrough was playing basketball. But Thorp said those foundation-paid trips were legitimate because she was raising money for the university, and UNC fans traveling to those games would have been good candidates to make donations.

Today, Dan Kane kept up his great work with some fascinating information about how Hansbrough was hired.

A fundraising position at UNC-Chapel Hill filled by Tami Hansbrough was the result of direct efforts by Matt Kupec, the university’s chief fundraiser who was also in a relationship with her, a top university administrator acknowledged in an interview Tuesday.

The $95,000-a-year job for Hansbrough was also funded by Kupec’s office, said Winston Crisp, the university’s vice chancellor for student affairs.

The job for Hansbrough, who is the mother of former UNC basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, is listed on organizational charts as being part of Crisp’s office – an arrangement approved by Crisp and UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp that allowed the university to bypass concerns about the relationship and move Hansbrough into the job.


Kupec’s relationship with Hansbrough raises questions about the mother of a basketball star getting two jobs at the university, and it has brought to light Tami Hansbrough’s past activities in Mississippi, where another of her sons was playing basketball in 2007.

Kupec had initially established a new fundraising position in his own office, and Hansbrough expressed interest in it, Thorp said Monday. Thorp said he intervened when he learned of the possible hiring, citing his knowledge of the relationship and nepotism rules that would prevent Kupec from having Hansbrough work in his office.

In an interview, Thorp said he supported the ultimate arrangement of having Hansbrough work in the student affairs fundraising job – one that he said was the result of a wide search for a “gifts officer” who would raise money from parents.


Tami Hansbrough, who was divorced, had moved from Missouri to live near Mississippi State University, where her son Ben played basketball in 2007.

Lisa Fritz alleged in court documents that beginning in 2007, Hansbrough had seduced Fritz’s husband, leading to his separation from her in early 2008 and then divorce. Fritz, who could not be reached Tuesday, alleged emotional distress and sought damages.

By the middle of 2008, Ben Hansbrough transferred to Notre Dame, and Tami Hansbrough has said she started looking to be closer to Tyler in Chapel Hill as he began his senior season with the Tar Heels.

She was first hired for a fundraising job in the UNC-CH dentistry school’s foundation in December 2008, records show.

The university’s announcement at the time said Tami Hansbrough “has led marketing efforts related to medical organizations and outreach – including her leadership of a woman’s health fair in her former state of Missouri.”

The news release did not mention that she lived more recently in Mississippi or detail any work history there.

Tami Hansbrough said at the time that the athletics department was not involved in her hiring.

Even though I remember discussing with my friends at the time of her initial hiring at UNC the question of was there no better candidate for the dental fundraising job east of the Mississippi, I never could have imagined what Kane has uncovered. Any time that anyone thinks the UNC scandal is slowing down or is in a lull, new and more incredible angles are released. So now that a UNC affiliated Hansbrough got caught for improper traveling (expenses), what’s the next prong to be released? Any guesses? I am going with a required mathematics class titled “Curry Math 101”.

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1996 NC State graduate who is still waiting on his first ACC conference championship in any of the four main revenue sports (football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and baseball) since enrolling. All I want is a ACC Champions t-shirt.

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14 Responses to Officials finally bust a Hansbrough for traveling

  1. oceanman 09/12/2012 at 12:34 AM #

    The UNC-CH culture of corruption – The gift that keeps on giving. No doubt remains that UNC is the most corrupt state`university in US history. They make SMU look like a scout camp. It is absolutely amazing that the administration is still trying to cover it up. In order to understand these things, just follow the money. There are billions of dollars in donations at stake for academic and athletic funding. Also at risk is political influence for obtaining billions in state subsidy funding. Corruption at SMU went all the way to the highest levels of Texas State government. Keep digging Dan.

  2. RoofWolf 09/12/2012 at 2:40 AM #

    Guess he feels the same way, though now he will be traveling on the many “dimes” he saved from his former ‘position’…

    Your Aug. 15 story, UNC Chancellor James Moeser flies on the taxpayers dime, is way off base. Traveling to meet with donors who give millions to UNC to improve education for our students is what a chancellor is supposed to do. Supporting a team appearing in a national championship is what a chancellor is supposed to do. And representing Carolina at national higher education meetings is what the chancellor of the nations first public university is supposed to do. The demands of the chancellors job require that every minute of every day of every week is maximized. Sometimes that means commercial air travel is the most efficient; other times, the Universitys own planes or a state plane allow him to pack more into his schedule. Your reporter also makes it sound as though the chancellor is purchasing new planes for himself. Thats ridiculous. Our Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is now operating with an aging fleet of Beechcraft Barons, some of which were built in the 1970s. Affiliated University foundations and the UNC Health Care System are working together to buy the two planes. The beneficiaries will be the patients served by the physicians delivering medical services in clinics across the state. Matthew G. Kupec Vice Chancellor for University Advancement The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  3. Wufpacker 09/12/2012 at 2:58 AM #

    Gives new meaning to the phrase “Thanks for taking my Mom on the trip”.

  4. lupus occidit arietem 09/12/2012 at 4:16 AM #

    So Tyler is a moron (a-corn) and his mom is a whore….and these are the days of our lives

    Stay Klassy heels

    Ps – Love that Thorpe is in this up to his eyeballs but I don’t want to see him go. He is my favorite ring master!!!

  5. bill.onthebeach 09/12/2012 at 7:21 AM #

    Ok …. while everything that has been posted may well be 100% true… this ain’t IT….

    Here’s what really may be going on over on the Hill…


    1. Rarely does anyone get fired / abruptly resign / retire for suffering from BCS anymore…(that’s Bill Clinton Syndrome … where the lower male brain controls the upper male brain ).

    That is, however, a clean effective knife, a surgical strike, a smart bomb of sorts, when one’s political opponents want to “move” an opponent out for good.

    2. As indicated… the “affair” has been “common knowledge around Chapel Hill” for several years.

    3. Mr. Kupec clearly had acheived a politically powerful position in the organization with the network of connections developed over the years and was clearly moving significant sums of money where he wanted that money to go and not moving money where he didn’t want it to go. (that’s the essence of political power).

    This for a time more than offset any and all liabilities created by having BCS… Besides, there are always those who think…”Let he who hath no sin, cast the first stone…”

    4. Nothing concrete about anything specific relating to Mr. Kupec’s and Ms. Hansbough’s travels has been proved… In Chancellor Thorpe’s words…”(There were) trips he was making that appeared to me to be driven personally. There may have been some business conducted on those trips.” Thorp concludes that this is in the best interests of the University at this time.

    So that all being true begs the question ….Why now???

    Now let’s go back to mid 2011 when Mr. Baddour “retired”…

    4. In any Athletic program with a large budget, the AD is typically the one who has “political power” and decides where money goes and where money does not go.

    5. At the time of the AD search, it was “common knowledge around Chapel Hill” and elsewhere…that Mr. Kupec was interested in the AD job and actively politicing for the same.

    As an aside… one must wonder why…as AD appears to be a step or two down the ladder from Vice Chancellor…. or isn’t it…but that’s another story.

    6. Mr. Cunningham was hired to “clean up the mess”.

    7. October, 2011 … Mr. Cunningham meet Mr. Kupec… Mr. Kupec meet Mr. Cunningham….

    8. Mr. Cunningham over the next several months offers Mr. Kupec ample opportunities to “become a team player” in his new administration.

    Ten months later (this week) what we reading in the papers and online is little more than the end result of this “process”….of “cleaning house”.

    DK is you are reading this… prove this wrong…or not … as the case may be.

  6. WolfInVolCountry 09/12/2012 at 7:39 AM #

    Looks like another Hansbrough has been flopping too!

    (Sorry if someone else had used that.)

  7. ADVENTUROO 09/12/2012 at 7:58 AM #

    Crisp said Tuesday that he did not immediately know how much money Hansbrough had raised for his office, but he said that “she had performed well in the position”

    Wonder if Matt also made the same comment?

    This is just the gift that keeps on giving….

    I once had a peer, who was a Plant Manager. He was having a little tryst with a young lady in his purchasing department. They would schedule her for “conferences” several times a year which were within 100 miles or so of where he had travel plans. It was really a good plan and it was well executed.

    BUT, he decided to SAVE the company money. He would NOT get a hotel where he was traveling. It was his way of keeping his personal travel expenses down. Some of the folks in the accounting department had access to his expense reports. They were “audited” by them prior to being sent off site to his boss for approval. The folks also had access to the young lady’s expenses. They matched up two or three and noted that the mileage on his rental car was fairly high….and that the mileage correlated with the number of trips he would have had to make to be at his business location if he were “based” at her hotel. That took him down. Don’t know whatever happened to his marriage or hers….she was NOT fired, but he was taken out to Lunch one day and NEVER came back…..explain that to your wife and family when you are making about $150K per year….in the late 90’s.

    ONE does wonder WHY Holden Thorp chose this particular instance in time to start cleaning house…

    I will certainly give the UNC folks credit for creative employment…..create a job that perfectly fits a friend, lover, relative, etc. THEN advertise that job and suddenly find the PERFECT Candidate that matches EVERY Educational, Experience and Awards Received Criteria….

    Obviously our ex Chancellor failed at this with Mary Easley….he just bent over and let the DNC machine have its way…..

  8. bluelena69 09/12/2012 at 8:35 AM #

    I wonder if Kane has poked around with Wanda Hightower and Wayne Ellington’s family? The Ellington case seems particularly suspect. However, recall that the UNC internal investigation into Hightower’s links with Octagon concluded that there was no wrong-doing. This should be opened up for the world to see in light of what we now know about UNC’s inability to self-investigate.

    UNC seems to be quite the opportunity factory-for parents of basketball players.

  9. JohnGalt78 09/12/2012 at 10:50 AM #

    Just wondering….were Matt and Tammy-poo’s respective positions at UNC considered “Missionary”?

  10. gcpack 09/12/2012 at 8:40 PM #

    I wonder if Tami Hansbrough will break up any
    marriages at campuses where her grandchildren will be in twenty years?

    What a slut!

  11. PackMan 09/13/2012 at 7:12 AM #

    I’m as excited as everyone about the truth finally coming out and getting a front row seat for the the slow dismantling of the “Carolina Way”, but we need to keep in mind that we (State Fans) are not the only ones who read this blog. Calling a former player’s mom a slut and a whore is not where our comments should go. Going there distracts from what is happening and gives other blogs/fan pages firepower to shoot back.

  12. gcpack 09/13/2012 at 11:45 AM #

    Tami Hansbrough has followed two of her sons to their respective campuses. After arriving she has TWICE found married men whom she had affairs with that resulted in those men’s divorces. At least in the case of the woman in Mississippi she filed suit in public court suing Tami Hansbrough for a large sum of money. Tami Hansbrough declared bankruptcy to avoid paying that suit that she lost.

    After that ‘Heads Up’ Tami Hansbrough proceeds to Chapel Hill where she not only breaks up a marriage but that of a prominent former UNC athlete and Vice-Chancellor.

    All these lurid details were provided by the N & O and not denied by anyone involved.

    So exactly where calling Tami Hansbrough a slut does not fittingly describe her?

  13. PackMan 09/13/2012 at 9:08 PM #

    I didn’t say it doesn’t accurately describe her. But calling her that on this board says more about you than it does her. And it reflects poorly on us.

  14. gcpack 09/14/2012 at 1:16 PM #

    I have seen all the typical four letter words here at SFN for years from the “F” word to the “S” word all of which I don’t use and will continue to refrain from using.
    The use of the word “slut” pales in comparison to the occasional use of the aformentioned words and yet I have never read where anyone objected to it.
    Since you don’t disagree that it accurately describes Tami Hansbrough I don’t see how its use can be worse than the harsher language read here regularly.

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