September 5, 2010 by staff
The man says the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Austin is one of 13 players who did not travel with a 18-knife Tar Heels in Atlanta on Saturday against No. 21 LSU, behind the NCAA probe.
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall’s office is considering North Carolina sports agent laws were violated as a result of the research program of the NCAA football school.
NCAA probe initially focused on whether and receiver Greg Little Austin received improper benefits from agents, and now academic autonomy violations.
George Jeter, a spokesman for the office of the secretary of state, declined to comment on the subpoena.
“All I can say is active research underway in the moment,” he said.
Earlier Friday, the school said he told Austin, defensive end Robert Quinn and Michael McAdoo, cornerback Kendric Burney and Charles Brown, cornerback and receiver Greg Little unacceptable “violation of the school and / or rules NCAA. ”
Six other players – Shaun Draughn up congestion and safety Ryan Houston Brian Gupton, Da’Norris Searcy and Smith and defensive end Jonathan Linwan Euwell – held on the sidelines during the investigation.
North Carolina also reported three other players – linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Carter and Bruce Williams Deunta security – did not go with the team that the school met with the NCAA in your state. Sturdivant and Carter were cleared later and went to Atlanta on Friday night. But Williams stayed away because he wanted to NCAA for more information before making a decision on his status.
News Tar Heels intended to be, without at least six owners of the defense, which ranks among the best in the country last season, including all of its secondary.
“We are disappointed by the choice of players have been denied the opportunity to participate in the contest with his teammates and the University of North Carolina, coach Butch Davis said in a statement.” Our coaches and players a big problem this weekend, and despite these circumstances, our staff will be happy to meet LSU. ”
It is unclear how many games Quinn, McAdoo, Bernie, Brown, Little and Austin will be missed. Advertise a blow to the program, which entered the fourth season of Davis in a position to fight for the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The optimism built since January, when Austin, Little, Bernie, Sturdivant, Carter and Williams announced his return to school for his senior year rather than enter the NFL draft.
Few major recipient of the team and the rest have joined this group Quinn – Jr., who is considered high in the first round to select – on defense, which returned nine starters from the unit, which is among the best last season in the country.
Davis was suspended indefinitely for violating environmental standards Austin team.
“We continue working with staff, the National Council to address these issues of admissibility,” said athletic director Dick Baddour said in a statement. “NCAA focuses on each situation case by case basis. Together we are working to determine his status as a thorough and fair process possible.”
There was a similar research-related staff in the National Council of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, with links to the South Beach attended by players from several schools this year. Gameccks have suspended tight end Wesley Saunders for violation of rules related to the commands for the Crimson Tide defensive end Marcel Dareus was excluded for two matches for drinking and about 2,000 in improper benefits during two visits Miami.
North Carolina is one of the 42 states and the federal government, which has laws governing contacts between sports agents and college athletes. The state requires agents to register and prohibited from offering gifts to sign the contract. Violations can result in criminal or civil liability.
In July, Marshall’s office sent a letter to over 100 agents registered with the state, you are notified that the investigation and instructed not to destroy the records. Then said his office can not punish the athletes, but he planned to speak with them about their behavior and interaction with agents.
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