- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - William Brantley Aycock, who headed North Carolina’s flagship university through a basketball scandal and a law banning Communists from speaking on campus, died at age 99, his daughter said Sunday.

Aycock was chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 to 1964. He died on Saturday from complications after a fall that resulted in fractured ribs, daughter Nancy Aycock said.

Aycock was a former law school dean who dismissed as unenforceable and dangerous the 1963 Speaker Ban Law, which state legislators passed to prohibit Communist speakers on campus.

In 1961, Aycock suspended All-America basketball player Doug Moe for taking money from a gambler involved in point shaving at the annual Dixie Classic tournament. When coach Frank McGuire resigned, Aycock replaced him with Dean Smith.

Born in Lucama in 1915 to a farmer and merchant who later became an attorney and Johnston County judge, Aycock taught at and led the UNC-CH law school for 29 years. Aycock earned an education degree in 1936 at North Carolina State University, where he was student body president, and a master’s degree in history at UNC-CH in 1937.

William Aycock was a distant relative of Charles Aycock, a governor at the turn of the 20th Century who improved North Carolina’s education system but promoted white supremacy.

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