Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:12 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:20 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While he's back in Chapel Hill watching his North Carolina teammates battle LSU on television, Marvin Austin no doubt has a lot on his mind. We already know he's frustrated by everything going on with the NCAA's investigation of several UNC players' involvement with agents and being suspended indefinitely by the team, but now he's got something else on his plate.
According to an AP report in the Charlotte Observer , Austin was served with a subpeona on Friday night.
The report says that the North Carolina Secretary of State's office issued the subpeona to Austin as the state is now investigating if any laws were broken by the agents who have helped get so many players in trouble over the last few weeks. A spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, George Jeter, declined comment on the subpeona, saying only that "it's an active, ongoing inquiry at this time."
It doesn't sound as if Austin is in danger of any legal ramifications for whatever role he may or may not have played in this mess, but the fact of the matter is that when the Secretary of State's office is getting involved, it's not good news. Odds are it's not going to help him get back on the field anytime soon, either.
I don't think this is the kind of education Austin was hoping to receive when he decided to return for his senior season.
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Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:28 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
LSU fans who spend the week chuckling at the misfortune of Butch Davis and the Tar Heels, who are missing somewhere between 12-15 players for tomorrow's game in Baton Rouge, should heed a little caution and consider a sobering fact: Butch Davis has, on multiple occasions, come very close to being the head coach at LSU.
The Shreveport Times detailed the Tigers' extended courtship with Davis, noting that before hiring Nick Saban in 1999 and then Les Miles in 2005, LSU came very close to taking Davis instead; in '99, Davis had been too open about his interest to eventually coach in the NFL, and then health problems derailed what would have been a sure hire by the school in '05.
This is not to insinuate that LSU is a crooked school or that they would have intentionally courted the type of academic malfeasance that has been alleged with the Tar Heels today, of course. It's not like Butch Davis interviewed with North Carolina and told them "I'm planning on farming out my players' classwork to my kids' tutor."
And seriously, LSU fans; do not mock Butch Davis this weekend or thereafter, because you are tempting the mischievously cruel football gods if you do. After all, Les Miles' job isn't completely safe, and do these sound like the words of people who are trying to put any distance between their former school and Davis?
In reference to the '99 opening:
"We interviewed Butch before we talked to Nick [Saban]," former LSU Board of Supervisors member Charles Weems of Alexandria said this week. "We really thought he was great."
And from the '05 opening:
"It was too bad," [former LSU AD Skip] Bertman said. "I would've taken Butch in a heartbeat."
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:29 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:37 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
It's a rather precarious situation in Chapel Hill these days. UNC coach Butch Davis is under heavy fire for allegations of academic impropriety, evidence of which was uncovered while the NCAA investigated a separate issue: whether some Tar Heels had received improper benefits from agents. Not good.
The academic allegations just came down last week, and now as many as a dozen unnamed players are in limbo as the school awaits the results of NCAA investigations. The NCAA doesn't have long--the Tar Heels' season starts on Saturday against No. 21 LSU, so every second that UNC can get with the final verdict known helps their preparation for the game.
Thus, shouldn't North Carolina take the precautionary step of indefinitely suspending every athlete involved until they're cleared (or, y'know, not) by the NCAA? Yes, in some sense, that's a presumption of guilt before innocence, but that's the position the school's basically forced to take. After all, if the Tar Heels win but use even one guy who's found to be ineligible, that game's getting forfeited--and make no mistake, the NCAA will likely not be in the mood to grant UNC the luxury of merely "vacating" the win.
So why not prepare like they're all shelved and make a public stand in defense of your academic department's integrity? Granted, "UNC and academic impropriety" is a bell that's not getting unrung, but the redemption's got to start sometime--it might as well be as soon as possible.
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:41 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Marvin Austin has long been known for a larger-than-life personality that, at times, eclipses eve his on field contribution. His affinity to entertain the masses is not denied by anyone, and he has always been more than comfortable with social media.
But the man who dubs himself "Anchorman" has been relatively quiet after his Facebook and Twitter status updates became the center of attention when Agentgate first broke in Chapel Hill earlier this Summer. After several status update time stamps, TwitPic uploads, and deleted Twitter posts soon became pieces of "evidence" in the NCAA investigation (that cache is a stinger), the defensive tackle has stayed relatively mum on the issues at hand, allowing the investigation to run its course.
Of course, until he decided to take to his Facebook page to vent a little frustration.
From the sound of it, Austin appears to be questioning his decision to return to Chapel Hill for his Senior season. Oh really? He finished the 2009 season as a Second Team All-ACC selection, though many scouts projected he could have gone in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. Now Austin, who has been moved to the 2nd team defense in preparation for possible suspension, may never get to suit up for the Tar Heels again after a few questionable decisions may have jeopardized his eligibility.
Now if I were in Marvin's inner circle, I might remind him that the decision to return to school is not the regret, but some of the things he has done since making that decision.