Four banned from contact with UNC athletics
Posted November 19, 2013
Durham, N.C. — 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.