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Letters from UNC ID those who helped athletes

Posted October 22, 2010
Updated October 23, 2010

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In correspondence from the University of North Carolina athletic department to the NCAA released Friday, athletic director Dick Baddour wrote to the NCAA compliance department Oct. 4 to detail what he called "minimal benefits" to student athletes.

In the letters, Baddour identified Christopher Hawkins as the person who acted as "a prospective agent" and as "a financial adviser " to student-athletes.

Baddour wrote to Hawkins on the same day to ask him to disassociate himself from the athletics program for at least five years.

Hawkins, who was a student-athlete at North Carolina earlier this decade, transferred from the university prior to his senior season and now lives in Durham.

In his letter to the NCAA, Baddour said Hawkins would befriend student-athletes, gain their trust, and socialize with them.

One athlete, Baddour wrote, viewed Hawkins as "a friend who has knowledge about the business and is helpful in giving him an assessment about various agencies."

Other athletes, Baddour said, acknowledged that Hawkins provided information about various agencies and was present at meetings the student-athletes had with financial advisers.

One athlete said Hawkins asked him to "keep him in the loop with regard to his agent search."

Baddour also identified relationships between UNC football players and Michael Katz, the director of marketing and client services for Rosenhaus Sports, and Todd Stewart, who has ties to a financial advising firm.

Katz provided a wristband to a pool party, while Stewart paid for hotel rooms used by players.

Robert Quinn and Greg Little were declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA earlier this season for accepting improper benefits from agents.

The NCAA said Quinn and Little received travel accommodations and jewelry, then lied about it to investigators in three separate interviews.

Quinn, a defensive end widely regarded as a high first-round NFL draft pick, accepted two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and travel accommodations to Miami for benefits worth $5,642. Little, a receiver who returned for his senior season, accepted diamond earrings, as well as travel accommodations for the Bahamas, Washington, D.C., and a pair of trips to Miami for benefits worth $4,952.

Marvin Austin was dismissed from the program by North Carolina for a violation of team rules that included accepting improper benefits from agents before the school even submitted his case to the NCAA.

Baddour said the decision to dismiss Austin — who has been suspended for violating team rules since Sept. 1 — came after the NCAA recently determined he had received between $10,000 and $13,000 in improper benefits.

Throughout the correspondence, Baddour refers to the benefits received by the UNC athletes as "minimal." None of the jewelry was accounted for in the documents released Friday.

Deunta Williams and Kendric Burney were given a four and six-game suspension, respectively, by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits. Both players have already served their suspensions, though Burney has not returned to the field.



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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 25, 2010

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    haha! I don't let anyone slow me down.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 25, 2010

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    Words of wisdom. Most of you Carolina fans could learn a lot from this person.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 25, 2010

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    At 5-2, with five games remaining, I think it's pretty safe to say State is going to end up in a bowl this year.

    As for the parade, you'll have to talk to the Raleigh Mayor (was it Meeker?) that called for that. State had nothing to do with it. But when the Mayor wants to have a parade in your honor, you kinda don't turn it down.

    As for being 3-0 against Carolina, it is what it is. It has no bearing on this year's game.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 25, 2010

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    Haha! You just got used and abused. That was not a positive post for Carolina. Read it again S-L-O-W-L-Y, and put some thought into what he was actually saying. Think about that last sentence, about being pregnant.

    He was saying, you either broke the rules or you didn't. You can't be just a little bit pregnant. You're either pregnant or you're not. Get it?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 25, 2010

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    Which will be at the end of this season. :)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 25, 2010

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    Why does everyone think my posts are negative? I speak my mind. MOST of the time, when something of this magnitude happens, the coach pays for it with his job. Possibly the AD. The thing is, something of this magnitude RARELY happens. Usually, it's not this big. And the coach still pays for it with his job. And I actually still believe in the "Carolina Way". I don't think they'll stand for this stuff happening. So I think there's no way they keep Butch. It's actually a positive thing for Carolina's image, not a negative. Keeping Butch would be negative, folks. Because their image would suffer even more if they did.

    I speak my mind, regardless of who likes it or not. I don't always post good things for State, nor do I always post bad things about Carolina. Carolina fans hail me when I post something they agree with. They call me an ABC'er and a hater when I post something they don't want to hear. That's the way it is.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 25, 2010

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    UNC hasn't received their sanctions yet. Until they do, it's business as usual.

  • jbarron4950 Oct 25, 2010

    Baddour also identified relationships between UNC football players and Michael Katz, the director of marketing and client services for Rosenhaus Sports, and Todd Stewart, who has ties to a financial advising firm.

    The CEO of Rosenhaus Sports (I think Tim Rosenhaus) is a Dook grad. Makes you wonder?

  • jimbokwright Oct 23, 2010

    5 years? He didn't say never set your agent running drug smuggling but in our facilities again? No he said lay low for five years until this thing blows over and we'll get rolling again. I never really thought Dickie was dirty until i read that quote. I though him to be a patsey but not dirty. Apparently I was wrong.

  • rhowerton Oct 23, 2010

    "" I Think Butch Davis Need's to Go TO "". He Knew About This. They Can Get Somebody In There That Can Recruit, Specially A " Quarter Back " Butch Need's To Not Play Yates Until He Can Prove Himself. He Is Not Good For The Heel's.

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