Tag:North Carolina investigation
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:11 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 11:24 am

UNC: Austin dismissed. Little, Quinn ineligible

Posted by Chip Patterson

Two days after climbing over the .500 mark with a 21-16 victory over the Clemson Tigers, the tone quickly changed in Chapel Hill with the news that three of the Tar Heels' suspended stars will never again take the field in a North Carolina uniform.

Defensive tackle Marvin Austin has been suspended indefinitely from the team since September 1 for violating team rules.  A university release on Monday announced that Austin has been dismissed from the program for "violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules."  The basis for the dismissal was information gathered from the join NCAA investigation into improper contact with agents.  One interesting part of the announcement: the release states that Austin's case was never considered by the NCAA's reinstatement committee.  Making it appear as though this fate has been known for some time.

Additionally, the university announced that running back Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.  According to the details of the release, the two players not only accepted gifts and benefits, but also were not entirely truthful with the NCAA during the investigation process.

(via UNC release)
The university declared both student-athletes ineligible for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. According to the facts submitted by the university, the total value of the benefits is approximately $4,952 for Little and $5,642 for Quinn.

Little accepted diamond earrings, as well as travel accommodations for the Bahamas, Washington D.C. and two trips to Miami, among other benefits. Quinn accepted two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and travel accommodations for a trip to Miami, among other benefits.

Based upon information gathered by the institution and the NCAA Agent, Gambling and Amateurism staff during its joint investigation, unethical conduct charges were found against both student-athletes for providing false and misleading information. According to the facts submitted by the university, each student-athlete was not truthful during three separate interviews with university and NCAA enforcement staff members. Further, Little and Quinn only provided more accurate information when presented with evidence that was contrary to their assertions.
If there is anything we have learned from the recent cases of Bruce Pearl and Dez Bryant, it is that the NCAA does not appreciate dishonesty.  While UNC AD Dick Baddour and head coach Butch Davis have openly boasted their "full cooperation" with the NCAA investigation, it appears as though the players in question were not as helpful.  It does not come as a huge surprise to those near the program that the three players will not see any action in 2010, but the football program's image continues to be scarred as more details emerge from the investigation.  

There will be a press conference held at 11:30 a.m. ET to address the punishments, and there will no doubt be questions related to the dreaded "lack of institutional control."  The dishonesty from Little and Quinn to the NCAA not only killed their chances of getting back on the field, but reflected poorly on Butch Davis and the leadership in the program.  

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 6:02 pm

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

Posted by Chip Patterson

North Carolina defensive backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams are the first Tar Heels to officially receive punishment from the NCAA regarding improper benefits from agents.  They are two of the 12 players who have missed the first two games of the season already, and in addition to missing more they will both have to repay the value of their contributions.

via University of North Carolina release:  
Burney, who received $1,333 in benefits, must miss six games and make repayment of $575.19 to a charity of his choice. Williams, who received $1,426 in benefits, must miss four games and make repayment of $450.67 to a charity of his choice. Both student-athletes already have sat out two games.

"We plan to appeal the length of the suspensions," says Dick Baddour, North Carolina Director of Athletics. "While I respect the NCAA process, I believe the penalties to be unduly harsh given the individual circumstances in these cases."

The university declared both student-athletes ineligible for violations of NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules. According to the facts of the case submitted by the university, these benefits in part included trips to California, Atlanta and Las Vegas for Burney and two trips to California for Williams. The majority of the benefits Burney received were from an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.

The good news for Williams and Burney, both preseason all-conference selections, is that they will get to see the field this season.  Hopefully, it will be in time to make a difference for the 0-2 Tar Heels.  North Carolina has been completely depleted in the secondary, with all four original starters being in the group of players held out of games.  

Athletic director Dick Baddour did admit that there would be suspensions, and they would be announced on a case by case basis.  The announcement of Burney and Williams may mean that we could be seeing more (or even the remaining) punishments handed down in the coming weeks.

Unless the length of the suspensions are successfully appealed, Williams' first game back in uniform will be October 9 when the Tar Heels host Clemson  and Burney's will be October 23 at No. 19 Miami (FL) .


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Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:02 am

12-15 Tar Heels will not play against LSU

Posted by Chip Patterson

When North Carolina departed for Atlanta on Friday morning, there a few faces missing from the group.  

Head Coach Butch Davis had already announced that Marvin Austin was suspended indefinitely and sources revealed late Thursday that Greg Little also would not make the trip.  Austin and Little were both central figures in the NCAA's initial agent-related investigation earlier this summer.

But the worst-case scenario for North Carolina came true on Friday morning, with the official announcement from the university that a minimum of 12 and potentially 15 players would not be playing against LSU.

The University of North Carolina has declared six student-athletes on the football team ineligible for Saturday's season-opening game for violating school and/or NCAA rules. The University is also withholding at least six other student-athletes from Saturday's game while the investigation continues.

The six ineligible student-athletes include: defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little, defensive end Michael McAdoo and defensive end Robert Quinn.

Six other student-athletes who will be withheld from Saturday's game include: tailback Shaun Draughn, defensive end Linwan Euwell, safety Brian Gupton, tailback Ryan Houston, safety Da'Norris Searcy and safety Jonathan Smith.

The number of games that those 12 student-athletes may miss has not been determined at this time. The investigation continues to include both agent-related and academic issues.

The University also continues to work today with the NCAA to determine the eligibility status of three other student-athletes. Those three will not accompany the team to Atlanta on Friday morning. Further information will be announced when a decision on their status for the game is reached. 

Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:25 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:25 pm

Report: UNC could be missing up to 16 on Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Yesterday we received the news that Marvin Austin would not be suiting up for the Tar Heels' opener against LSU in Atlanta.  No one was surprised, as Austin's eligibility has been questioned since the beginning of NCAA investigations in Chapel Hill earlier in the summer.  But late last night, ESPN's Joe Schad began reporting that up to 16 players, including both the first and second string running backs, could end up sitting for Saturday.

Here are the reports, via Joe Schad's Twitter

Joe Schad Twitter 

While as many as seven members of the starting defense have been speculated to be in jeopardy because of a recent move to the scout team, this is the first time that mention of Shaun Draughn or Ryan Houston (running backs) have been mentioned.  Another interesting note from the reports is North Carolina's possible exploration of alternative punishments.  Such action could suggest the Tar Heels are expecting to receive more than just a few minor punishments, and are already strategizing a way to best salvage the season.

Again, these are all reports and the only official word is of Marvin Austin's indefinite suspension.  There are also a lot of qualifiers in those reports ("may," "possible," "exploring"), but for North Carolina the news seems to be getting worse before it gets better.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 4:32 pm

UNC's Marvin Austin suspended indefinitely

Posted by Chip Patterson

marvinNorth Carolina star defensive tackle Marvin Austin was the first Tar Heel under fire when the NCAA began investigating the North Carolina program earlier this summer.  Now he is the first one to receive a punishment.

However, head coach Butch Davis says the suspension is not related to any of the allegations regarding agents or academic improprieties.  

"The decision is not a result of the ongoing NCAA review," Davis said.  "Marvin has violated team rules and neglected his responsibilities to the team."

No time table has been set for the suspension, but he will not play against LSU on Saturday in Atlanta.

We will update the story further as more details are revealed.
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