Tag:Marvin Austin
Posted on: September 13, 2010 12:20 pm
 

Tar Heels clear running back

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The North Carolina Tar Heels were the most successful team in the ACC Coastal division this week, as they were the only team within the division that didn't manage to lose a game .  Of course, the Tar Heels didn't play this weekend, but these days in the ACC Coastal, bye weeks are all it takes to win.  Using that logic you might think that UNC is the clear cut favorite to win the division because every week they actually do play, they've got 13 players who aren't dressed thanks to that little matter with the NCAA.

Well, the Tar Heels division championship hopes took a hit on Monday morning when the school cleared one of those 13 players to return .

UNC has cleared senior running back Shaun Draughn for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech , according to the depth chart released this morning.

Draughn, the team's leading rusher in 2008, is listed third on the depth chart for the GT game, behind Johnny White and Athony Elzy .

Draughn was one of 13 UNC players who missed the Sept. 4 loss to LSU because of the NCAA investigation into the program. He was the only player of the 13 cleared as of this morning.


Draughn was never actually suspended for the LSU game, but was instead held out of the game for precautionary reasons pending the NCAA's investigation.  The fact that he's been cleared to play this week is a pretty good indication that Draughn hasn't stepped outside the NCAA's guidelines.

As for Draughn's twelve other teammates who are still waiting to be cleared, Butch Davis gave no news as to when or if they'll be cleared.  He did say that eleven of the twelve are practicing with the team this week, and that Marvin Austin is the only one not practicing.  So take that as you will.
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:36 am
Edited on: September 8, 2010 11:10 am
 

Report: UNC assistant frequently called agent

Posted by Chip Patterson

As the NCAA continues it's investigation into the North Carolina football program, college football fans are left to stand on the outside only hearing rumors and murmurs of possible allegations and "insider" information.

That is until a local paper steps in with some good old fashioned investigative reporting.  The News & Observer released a report late Tuesday night that detailed the extensive communication between former assistant coach John Blake and sports agent Gary Whichard.  Blake's connections with Whichard have been the center of scrutiny since news broke of the NCAA's investigation of North Carolina in July.

The university announced Blake's resignation on Sunday evening.  According to the release, Blake stepped down "in the best interest" of the program.  Blake has hired legal representation, suggesting that his involvement in the investigation will not end with his resignation.   

The report details 61 calls from Blake's university-issued cell phone to Whichard in the 61 days between November 5 and January 4.  That date in January happens to be the day that six North Carolina juniors announced they would return for their senior season rather than enter the NFL draft.  Of those six players (Marvin Austin, Greg Little, Deunta Williams, Kendric Burney, Bruce Carter, and Quan Sturdivant), only Carter and Sturdivant were cleared to play in the season opener against LSU.

As for the response from the university?
Asked if it is ever acceptable to have that level of communication between a coach and an agent, UNC chancellor Holden Thorp said in an e-mail: “Whether the level of contact is acceptable or unacceptable depends on what they talked about, and I have no idea what they were discussing. Clearly, Mr. Wichard and Coach Blake have a very close relationship. All things being equal, it’s probably better not to have a close personal relationship with a sports agent if you’re an NCAA coach.”Obviously, with the nature of the investigations in Chapel Hill covering both agent-related issues as well as possible academic improprieties, it is difficult to distinguish which of the allegations are tied to which players.  But with a possible subpoena for Marvin Austin coming from the North Carolina Secretary of State's office, it is hard not to think that this could get messy.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall already announced her investigation into possible violations of the Uniform Athlete Agent Act.  North Carolina is one of 42 states that govern contact between amateurs and agents.  The laws prohibit agents from offering gifts before a contract is signed, and the punishment can be civil or criminal.     

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:12 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:20 pm
 

UNC's Marvin Austin subpoenaed

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: August 30, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Marvin Austin vents frustration on Facebook

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.

Marvin Austin Facebook Status

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.    


 
 
 
 
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