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Warrant names money man in UNC football investigation

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Former North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin accepted cash gifts from Georgia agent Terry Watson. (USATSI)
Former UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin accepted cash from Georgia agent Terry Watson. (USATSI)

Unsealed warrants in the North Carolina Secretary of State's investigation of sports agents revealed that Terry Watson, of the Watson Sports Agency in Marietta, Ga., provided cash and benefits to Marvin Austin and other North Carolina football players.

Austin was the first North Carolina football player targeted by the NCAA in the summer of 2010 for accepting impermissible benefits. The investigation concluded in March 2012 with the NCAA citing North Carolina with a "failure to monitor" charge and handing down penalties that included a postseason ban for the 2012 season, the vacation of all wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons, as well as probation until March 2015.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall began her investigation of sports agents in July 2010. State investigators have used interviews and obtained records to detail how agents operate in the North Carolina.

Watson was not certified as an agent in the state during some of his contact with Tar Heel football players. He tried to register once, but according to WRAL-TV in Raleigh the check he used for the first payment in the process bounced and Watson never became certified. Because of this many of Watson's connections were not only NCAA violations but also violations of the North Carolina Uniform Athletes Agent Act.

More details on Watson's involvement, via WRAL.

"Terry Watson was a guy who game me money," Austin told state investigators in reference to Terry Shawn Watson, of the Watson Sports Agency registered in Marietta, Georgia.
FedEx records back up Austin's claim that he got a package from Georgia sent by Watson associate Patrick Jones. In one instance, Austin stated that he received $2,000 in cash.
Records also confirm that packages were sent to an address belonging to Wiley, the tutor named for providing extra help to student-athletes, between January 2009 and June 2010. Wiley was also found to have paid for former UNC football player Greg Little's parking tickets and airline flights.

Patrick Jones also told investigators that he regularly prepared packages for players that Watson was trying to recruit. In addition to the numerous North Carolina players, digital records revealed a connection between Watson and former South Carolina defensive back Chris Culliver, now a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

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