Agent tweets could be tied to reported NCAA violations at Texas
The Austin American-Statesman may have identified the agent responsible for Texas' self-reported NCAA violations.
Earlier this week, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Texas is working with the NCAA after discovering potential violations from an agent who provided meals to two unnamed players.
Texas school officials reported the violations to the NCAA, according to the American-Statesman, though the school would not confirm or deny the identities of the players involved.
On Tuesday night, following a tip from OrangeBloods.com, the paper identified a St. Louis-based agent named Justin Bingman who could have ties to the investigation. Bingman tweeted about dinners with four Texas stars in March -- defensive end Cedric Reed, defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, linebackers Steve Edmond and Jordan Hicks, but those tweets were deleted "sometime after 11 p.m." on Tuesday.
Bingman did not return messages left by the American-Statesman.
“Just had a great dinner with @Ced_Reed88 He and his dad are great guys!” Bingman tweeted on March 22.
“Had dinner with @TexasBoy99tank and his Dad last night. They are both great guys and looking forward to the next time,” he tweeted about Jackson on March 23.
The next day, Bingman tweeted, “Had dinner with @SteveBigMoney33 last night, MLB for Texas. We all had a great time with many stories. #Longhorns”
Bingman’s next tweet read: “Just had dinner with a great young man that is going to do great this year for Texas @JHicks_3 #Longhorns #LonghornsNation”
The NCAA has not commented, citing the ongoing investigation. Texas coach Charlie Strong is not scheduled to meet with the media until Big 12 media day next Tuesday.
The good news for Texas is that the school is involved and working with the NCAA. Two (or more) players may have to pay restitution for the meals and serve some time of suspension, but the NCAA usually rewards cooperation in these minor cases.
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