UNC football coach Butch Davis touches on NCAA probe
Posted July 22, 2010
Tar Heel Football Head Coach Butch Davis briefly addressed the on-going NCAA investigation into the UNC football program and its athletes for the first time at the Pigskin Preview on Thursday.
Coach Davis confirmed that the NCAA came on campus and is going through a review.
He said that the University is cooperating with the NCAA investigation and that the NCAA said they will move as quickly as possible to reach a conclusion.
During the break-out sessions Davis would not comment on the NCAA investigation saying, "The NCAA has told us not to make any comment until this review is over with".
He has complete confidence that his staff recruits properly and said, "We take a great deal of pride in doing things ethically, honestly".
Davis commented that agents have made everybody in America's job significantly tougher.
"The difficult part of it is the people that deal unethically, the people that want to try to jump the gun or the people that are trying to get a competitive edge by doing things. There is no place for that in collegiate athletics."
He said that it is not only the agents that are necessarily the one group that may be co-opting the players to do things they should not but a combination of the agents, financial planners and runners.
WRAL reported previously that the NCAA recently questioned North Carolina football players, including Marvin Austin and Greg Little, about receiving extra benefits from agents.
The NCAA has also launched agent-player contact investigations at the University of Florida, the University of Alabama, the University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia.
George Jeter, spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office, told WRAL on Wednesday that North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has launched an investigation to find out how active sports agents are in North Carolina and if they are following the rules.
Jeter stressed that the Secretary of State’s office is only investigating sports agents, "not any schools or players” and that the investigation is only in the early stages.
Tune in to WRAL-TV at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. Thursday for Ken Medlin's report on what Davis and the rest of the coaches have to say. WRALSportsFan.com will have extended interviews with each coach Thursday night.
Coach Davis will also be available at the ACC Kickoff in Greensboro on July 25-26 along with quarterback T.J. Yates and defensive end Robert Quinn.
WRAL-TV, The Fan and WRALSportsFan.com will have team coverage of the kickoff Sunday and Monday.