North Carolina

Four banned from contact with UNC athletics

Posted November 19, 2013

Court documents unsealed Wednesday identified sports agent Terry Watson as the second of multiple people indicted on felony charges related to the North Carolina Uniform Athlete Act.

— The University of North Carolina sent letters of disassociation Friday to four men indicted on charges they violated the state's law that regulates contact between athletes and agents.

In the letters, Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham wrote, "... from this date forward, you must have no further contact with any of our student-athletes or anyone associated with our intercollegiate athletics program."

The letters also ban the men from UNC athletic facilities.

Georgia sports agent Terry Watson and three men who allegedly facilitated contact for him with Tar Heel football players have been charged with agent-athlete inducement.

Watson faces 14 felony charges for allegedly providing cash, trips and gifts to former UNC football players Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn and Greg Little. The other men – former North Carolina Central University quarterback Michael Johnson, real estate agent Patrick Jones and Willie Barley, of Miami, – are alleged to have served as liaisons for Watson's agency with the players.

The letters, which carry no effective legal weight, serve as a means for the university to distance itself from the men. 

In the fall of 2010, as the NCAA was investigating whether Austin, Quinn, Little and others had been the beneficiaries of impermissible benefits while they were student-athletes at UNC, the university issued similar letters to an academic tutor, Jennifer Wiley, and a former football player, Chris Hawkins.

Watson, Johnson, Jones and Barley were all indicted as part of an investigation of sports agents by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Wiley, under her married name, Jennifer Wiley Thompson, was the first to be indicted as that investigation continues.

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  • 75Tarheel Nov 20, 2013

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    That is a helluva good idea. But as someone else posted, there is no legitimate enforcement arm of UNC or the NCAA that can keep this from happening at present. Perhaps some creative law clerk could draft a state statute that would accomplish this.

  • lec02572 Nov 20, 2013

    Maybe, the ACC should send all agents letters banning them from contact. Kinda like a blanket policy.

  • genesmith2 Nov 20, 2013

    I'm a TarHeel, and I think this is wrong. When you recruit an athlete, you commit to them a lifetime of support, or at least that is what Dean Smith did, and he set the example for the Carolina Way. You don't accept their inappropriate behavior, but identify it, have them take responsibility for them by accepting the punishment proscribed, and learn from them. Once they are rehabilitated, then they are welcomed back into the family. They are never "dissociated" from the family, as we are all imperfect.
    As far as the NCAA is concerned, if they focussed on the kids instead of the money, then they too would want to see rehabilitation instead of selectively enforcing their "laws". They would take responsibility for the care of injured athletes, especially the paralyzed ones who are discarded to fend for themselves.

  • modukev4 Nov 19, 2013

    This is what you get for cooperating with the authorities.

  • ABCers burning jerseys Nov 19, 2013

    I'm glad they have banned me from Cameron.

  • Riddickfield Nov 19, 2013

    Wow! that is really pathetic on unc's part. Way to be proactive with your program monitoring guys.

  • heelsforever Nov 19, 2013

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    Just find a therapist to help you with your embarrassment issues.

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 19, 2013

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    yeah, they only ban them after they've been indicted. if they banned them before they'd been indicted, they might spill the beans...

  • TTh Nov 19, 2013

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    You are joking...right? They have to keep fatz around to keep pj so they can keep up their APR.

  • rosemarymcdonald23 Nov 19, 2013

    What about banning the couple who rented Hairston those cars?!?!

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