Query details UNC violations

UNC has 90 days to respond to nine allegations before a meeting with the NCAA infractions committee on Oct. 28

Staff WriterJune 22, 2011 

The Notice of Allegations the NCAA delivered to the University of North Carolina alleges nine violations were committed by the football program, including former associate head coach John Blake acting on behalf of an agent and the school's failure to adequately monitor the football program in addition to impermissible benefits and academic misconduct.

North Carolina has 90 days to respond to the NCAA's notice. After the school's response, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions will rule on whether violations occurred and determine any sanctions, with the university asked to appear at the committee's Oct. 28 meeting in Indianapolis.

Before releasing the document, the university redacted a large number of names, including all of the players involved, from the NCAA's original letter.

Among the new information included in the letter was the revelation that administrators within the football program may have been aware of potential impermissible benefits accepted by a player but failed to investigate.

The alleged violations are as follows:

1. A tutor whose name was redacted by the university provided impermissible academic help to two players, one who played in 2008 and 2009 and one who played in 2009 and 2010. Both players' names were redacted by the university. The impermissible help included writing portions of papers and conducting research.

2. Former tutor Jennifer Wiley provided impermissible benefits including a $150 airline ticket and paying $1,789 in parking fines, as well as impermissible academic help to nine players after she was no longer associated with the university.

3. Wiley knowingly broke NCAA rules and refused to cooperate with the NCAA investigation.

4. Seven football players accepted more than $27,000 in impermissible benefits during 2009 and 2010. All the players' names were redacted by the university, but they are known to include Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn, who were either declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA or, in the case of Austin, dismissed from school by the university.

The individuals who provided the benefits include agents Gary Wichard, Todd Stewart and Michael Katz; former UNC football players Kentwan Balmer, Hakeem Nicks, Omar Brown and Mahlon Carey; former UNC football player Chris Hawkins, who is considered an agent by the NCAA; and Florida jeweler A.J. Mosciato and "Willie (last name unknown)."

5. A player provided "false and misleading information" to NCAA investigators. The player's name was redacted by the university.

6. Blake acted on behalf of Wichard, who died earlier this year, steering players to him for representation - serving as what is known colloquially as a "runner" for his agency, Pro Tect Management. "Specifically, Blake was employed and compensated by Pro Tect Management to influence football student-athletes to hire Wichard to represent them," the letter states.

7. Blake failed to disclose financial information to the NCAA regarding his relationship with Wichard and Pro Tect Management, specifically $31,000 in payments from Pro Tect from May 2007 to October 2009.

8. Blake provided "false and misleading information" to NCAA investigators. This includes his denial that he ever worked for Pro Tect Management despite the existence of a sales brochure touting his involvement and, according to the letter, the presence of Pro Tect on his credit report as a former employer.

9. The university failed to adequately monitor the football program, with violations in three areas.

First, the school failed to properly monitor Hawkins after allowing him to use university facilities and be in close contact with players, leading to $889 of the impermissible violations in the fourth alleged violation, and failed to provide adequate guidance to football players regarding their interactions with him.

Second, the school failed to monitor "social networking activity that visibly illustrated potential amateurism violations," specifically relating to four of the players who received impermissible benefits. This refers to Twitter posts by UNC football players.

Third, during 2009 and 2010 the school failed to investigate potential impermissible benefits after receiving information from a player. "The institution did not adequately follow up on information indicating a risk of improper benefits being provided when reported by (the student-athlete) to administrators within the football program." The players' name was redacted and the phrase "(the student-athlete)" inserted by the university.

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