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Former NCCU QB linked agent, UNC football players

Posted November 13, 2013
Updated November 14, 2013

— The North Carolina Secretary of State investigation of sport agents and college athletes drew in a second school Wednesday, with the charge of agent-athlete inducement filed against former North Carolina Central University quarterback Michael Wayne Johnson Jr.

Johnson, the third leading passer in NCCU history, allegedly arranged a May 2010 meeting between Georgia sports agent Terry Watson and then-University of North Carolina receiver Greg Little in which approximately $5,000 changed hands, according to a state indictment. Johnson is also charged with providing a mailing address to accept packages of cash from Watson for Little. Sims: Two more charged in state agent-athlete investigation Sims: Two more charged in state agent-athlete investigation

"In 2010, we were made aware of a possible violation regarding Michael Johnson that was specific to NCAA policies guiding student-athletes," NCCU Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations Kyle Serba said in a statement Wednesday. "In accordance with NCAA rules and regulations, the university complied fully. A request for Mr. Johnson's reinstatement was granted by the NCAA."

Johnson made his first court appearance Wednesday and said that he and Little have been friends since elementary school. His next court date has not been set.

On Friday, Willie Barley, who connected former UNC football player Marvin Austin with Watson and the man known as A.J. "The Jeweler" Machado was charged with one count of athlete-agent inducement, made a court appearance in Orange County and was released on $30,000 bond.

The state alleges Barley, of North Chesterfield, Va., provided cash, airline tickets, a rental car and hotel room to UNC defensive end Robert Quinn.

Austin told NCAA investigators in 2010 that he met Watson through Barley, and that Barley was in attendance at the Tar Heels' 2010 spring game along with Machado. Austin told investigators that "Willie" was "a recruiter for [Terry] Watson." 

Austin, a defensive tackle, along with teammates Little and Quinn, lost his senior season of eligibility after allegations surfaced that he accepted cash, gifts and trips from agents and others.

As the NCAA investigated the UNC football program, the Secretary of State's Office began an investigation of agent activity in the state which has so far resulted in criminal charges against five people:

 
George Jeter, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office, stressed that the probe focused only on sports agents, "not any schools or players."

The investigation found that Watson contacted UNC football players no fewer than 731 times, and warrants indicate players Jordan Nix, Michael McAdoo and Deunta Williams also got packages from Watson.

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  • 75Tarheel Nov 13, 10:53 a.m.

    Making more of a circus "announcing" these indictments than the trials will generate in the press. And more than likely a plea deal with a heavy fine.

    Get it over with!

  • GoHeels1969 Nov 13, 10:54 a.m.

    Great work, wral. So, Austin, who never played a game after December 2009, met this guy at the *2012* Spring Game according to your article? Um, fact/edit check much?

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 13, 11:10 a.m.

    Wow, Austin really is spilling the beans.

  • GoHeels1969 Nov 13, 11:29 a.m.

    Yes, Austin "spilled the beans" that agents and their associates who had nothing to do with Carolina paid him, Little, and Quinn as well as multiple players at other universities in NC and other states. Of course, the lesson that no one wants to admit (other than former ECU coach Steve Logan) is that these agents actually hurt the schools rather than give them a competitive advantage like illegal recruiting does.

  • Top 5 Beaters Nov 13, 11:29 a.m.

    austin telling the truth, now maybe cj and lance and the rest of the cheaters will... no doubt it

  • Top 5 Beaters Nov 13, 11:37 a.m.

    WPIDHlosing yall are next....

  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 13, 11:53 a.m.

    All college athletes get "something" for nothing while there. It may be a meal, a haircut, a car- but they ALL get "something" along the way. College athletes bring in MILLIONS of dollars and deserve a cut of the pie they are involved with. Even if it's just a per diam or something. The colleges make money hand over fist off the backs and sometimes lives of these athletes. If it were legal, we wouldn't have to tie up valuable court time with this nonsense.

  • raleighboy524 Nov 13, 11:59 a.m.

    This is getting better by the minute.

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 13, 12:03 p.m.

    Willie's got that 'whatcha talkin bout willis' face in his mugshot.

  • unc70 Nov 13, 12:06 p.m.

    All college athletes get "something" for nothing while there. It may be a meal, a haircut, a... View More

    — Posted by dwntwnboy2

    I disagree with you and many others that "paying" the athletes would solve anything. Take the example of Greg Little. During the period he was receiving $2200/month from Watson he was also receiving money from his "financial advisor", yet he repeatedly was asking for more. Or take the case of "Johnny Football". No amount from the schools would be enough to make much of a difference as a deterrent.

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