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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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  • IScareSmittyToNoEnd Nov 14, 3:42 p.m.

    Is this really news? We're talking about how much money and jewelry? Just stupid...this is not... View More

    — Posted by 61babygirl29

    U mad baby girl??? U sound right bitter.

    :)

  • 61babygirl29 Nov 14, 2:07 p.m.

    Is this really news? We're talking about how much money and jewelry? Just stupid...this is not news worthy.

  • baldchip Nov 14, 9:10 a.m.

    And stuff just keeps coming at UNC. When will it end??? When will the NCAA say enough and give the football program the death penalty??? These athletes gave back to unc so much-gifts that just keep giving and giving!!

    The football players in question should be sued for every dime the University looses because of them , plus the money spent by UNC for them on tuition, books, meals,...

    All this is CRAZY-with very little accountability on the part of the athletes in question!!

  • IScareSmittyToNoEnd Nov 14, 8:54 a.m.

    Just wandering why the most crooked school in NCAA history is obsessed with accusing UNC? ... View More

    — Posted by packisback69

    "accusing unc"????

    LOL

    I think you have the NCAA confused with NCSU, tiny mind.

    your poor, poor, intelligence quotient.

    :)

  • IScareSmittyToNoEnd Nov 14, 8:53 a.m.

    Funny how NCSU fans talk about stench in Chapel Hill
    Coach Case: However, the Wolfpack's momentum... View More

    — Posted by packisback69

    LOL

    we also had TWO WORLD WARS..... but, BOTH (like State's misgivings) are ANCIENT HISTORY.

    unc has been EMBARRASSING the State/Conference/Themselves for well OVER 4 years now with this "investigation"... .they CLAIMED that they "came clean" back in '09.... only we learn of NEW MISDEEDS nearly daily anymore from there.... if there's a BIGGER CESSPOOL of cheating going on in America, I've YET TO SEE IT.

    don't let REALITY or RELEVANCE enter into your tiny mind, pansy fan... that would be devastating!!!

    :)

  • packisback69 Nov 14, 7:39 a.m.

    Just wandering why the most crooked school in NCAA history is obsessed with accusing UNC? Some of my best friends (NCSU fans) just want UNC to fall, and although they go to all NCSU games, all they talk about is UNC. NCSU fans sound more like middle school girls rather than NCSU fans.

  • UpChuck Nov 14, 7:28 a.m.

    Funny how NCSU fans talk about stench in Chapel Hill
    Coach Case: However, the Wolfpack's momentum... View More

    — Posted by packisback69

    And?

  • packisback69 Nov 14, 6:50 a.m.

    Funny how NCSU fans talk about stench in Chapel Hill
    Coach Case: However, the Wolfpack's momentum was derailed in 1956, when the NCAA placed N.C. State on four years' probation. Case reportedly had his top assistant coach and State's assistant athletic director give Louisiana high school athlete Jackie Moreland cash and gifts to entice him away from his previous agreement to attend Kentucky—a charge he denied.[3] The NCAA, however, found that Case not only knew about the gifts to Moreland—which included a seven-year medical education—but expressly approved them.[4] Just as that probation ended in 1960, State was placed on probation again—this time for a point-shaving scandal that caused the cancellation of the Dixie Classic.
    Coach Sloan:Sloan was named head coach at at his alma mater, North Carolina State, in 1966, and his NC State Wolfpack teams won three ACC Championships in 1970, 1973 and 1974. His 1973 Wolfpack team was undefeated (27–0), but missed that year's NCAA tournament due to questions about the recruiting of high school phenomenon David Thompson
    Coach Valvano:A 1989 NCAA investigation cleared Valvano, but found that players sold shoes and game tickets. As a result, NC State placed its basketball program on probation for two years (the maximum) and was banned from participating in the 1990 NCAA tournament

  • packisback69 Nov 14, 6:42 a.m.

    For those of you who do not deal with Secretary of State's office, it is the most customer unfriendly State agency in North Carolina.

  • Gunnstigator Nov 14, 6:37 a.m.

    This is why I think PJ is still on the team. If not he will probably do some talking also!!

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    I'm not so sure, Toddler. If PJ lied to Roy, it may not bode well for him - or the Heels. The NCAA doesn't appreciate it when they're lied to, and that's when they tend to drop the hammer. I'm just speculating, but I have a bad feeling about PJ ever playing again. I don't like nor do I approve of what PJ did, but I'd worry about the direction his life might take if he doesn't have the structure of school (insert snark here, abc'ers) and being on the team.

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