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Public records: UNC players' parking tickets top $13,000

CBSSports.com wire reports
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina has released documents showing a group of Tar Heel football players accumulated more than $13,000 in parking citations over a 31/2-year period.

The school released the documents Thursday, a day after the state Court of Appeals denied the school's request to delay the release of those records pending an appeal. A Wake County Superior Court judge had ruled in April that the school withheld documents it should have provided to requesting media outlets covering the NCAA investigation into the football program.

The university said in a statement that not all of the 11 players requested by the media had received tickets. The university says student-athletes "do not receive special treatment" and "are expected" to pay parking fines like any student, though it didn't say whether fines were paid.

The school says it found that each car was registered to the student, a parent or grandparent, or a fellow student.

The school also released hundreds of pages of phone records of head coach John Blake, athletic director Dick Baddour and former assistant coach John Blake, who resigned in September. Blake's ties to late NFL agent Gary Wichard became a focus of the NCAA probe into improper benefits and academic misconduct.

The NCAA has informed the school that it plans to complete its investigation this month.

In all, 14 players missed at least one game this season due to the probe with seven being ruled out for the entire year. An eighth was cleared to return at midseason but decided to redshirt.

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