UNC letter names 10 who got benefits

10 individuals provided benefits

Staff writerDecember 23, 2010 

The University of North Carolina has not made any determinations concerning any "organizations" that may have provided impermissible benefits to UNC football players, according to a letter written Tuesday by UNC vice chancellor and general counsel Leslie C. Strohm.

The letter, written as a follow-up to a Dec. 13 mediation session between the university and The News & Observer and other media outlets, offers no specifics concerning which player or players received impermissible benefits from the individuals identified. The N&O, The Charlotte Observer and other media organizations sued top UNC officials in October in an attempt to get records related to the NCAA investigation of the Tar Heels' football program.

Fourteen UNC football players have been withheld from at least one game this season because of the investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct. Six players, including standouts Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn, Greg Little and Charles Brown, have not played a single snap this season.

No settlement was reached in last week's mediation session.

The 10 individuals mentioned in the letter had been identified already in previously released documents by UNC:

Former UNC player Omar Brown.

Former UNC player Mahlon Carey.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

Former UNC player Christopher Hawkins.

Michael Katz.

Former UNC player (and New York Giants wide receiver) Hakeem Nicks.

A.J. Machado, a South Florida jeweler.

Todd Stewart.

Jennifer Wiley, a former UNC tutor.

A person from Miami "whose full name is not known."

Some of the individuals identified by the university, Strohm wrote, may be affiliated with organizations or other individuals who were "outside the scope of the University's investigation."

The individuals with other affiliations cited in Strohm's letter were:

Katz, who is listed as the director of marketing and client services for Rosenhaus Sports, agent Drew Rosenhaus' South Florida firm. Efforts to reach Katz for comment in October were unsuccessful.

Stewart, who according to Strohm "may be affiliated" with Pro Sports Financial, another firm based in South Florida.

Davis, who may have included his brother, Vontae Davis, a Miami Dolphins cornerback, in "some contacts" with UNC football players.

Hawkins, who has been labeled an agent by the NCAA. According to the university, Hawkins may have included Martin Blazer, the reported founder and principal owner of Blazer Capital Management, in some contacts with UNC football players.

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