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Origin of jewelry given to UNC football players made public

Posted October 28, 2010
Updated October 29, 2010

More information regarding the origin of jewelry provided to two UNC football players has come to light.

In a letter written to Anthony Machado that was released to the media Thursday evening, North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour confirmed that Machado, a Florida based jeweler, provided at least one Tar Heel student-athlete impermissible benefits.

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On behalf of the North Carolina athletics department, Baddour directed Machado to "have no further contact with any of our student-athletes or with anyone associated with our intercollegiate athletics program" for "at least a five year period."

Baddour recently sent a similar letter to former UNC and Marshall player Chris Hawkins, who was deemed a "runner" and a "prospective agent" by the school's athletic department.

Machado has built a reputation around providing NFL players and draft picks with expensive jewelry. A story that appeared in the Sun Sentinel on July 17 of this year quoted Machado as saying 14 2009 first-round draft picks wore his jewelry on draft night.

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.

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  • ciscopack Nov 1, 2010

    Trick or Cheat? Everyday is Halloween at Unc-CHeats.

  • johnlasater3 Oct 30, 2010

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    We are so thrilled you took out the time to write such a long post. You must be a CHEATER also! Last time I checked you don't own WRAL.com, so I will post on any board I desire CHEATER!

  • redistrumps Oct 30, 2010

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    Wow, don't stroke out there douggie boy, it's just a trash talk forum. You seem to be the one that needs to grow up and remember the old adage, if you can't stand the heat get outta the kitchen, meaning you may be the one that needs to stay off the forums cause you sure won't chase anyone else off of them with your long, drawn-out posts of how UNC is being so wrongly accused of anything, what a joke!!

  • douggie64 Oct 30, 2010

    And, as for the actual story mentioned here....kind of funny to hear Rosenhous's name mentioned again as a possible link to this jeweler. He's already vehemently denied the report it was one of his runners passing out pool passes at the Miami party (not just to UNC players, mind you). Wichard is a small fish compared to Rosenhaus...just shows you no one is above suspicion in this. And with this new committee convened, as well as the NC State AG office involved, I'm sure no agent wants to have their name brought up. But, I hope all agents proven to be involved with rule breaking are FRIED and their licenses revoked. They knew full well they were breaking rules, just as the kids did. The kids are being punished, so should the agents. It takes 2 to tango. And just like with the kids losing millions as their draft stock plummets, the agents aren't going to obey the rules until the threat of hitting them in their wallet becomes a reality.

  • douggie64 Oct 30, 2010

    Wow, a bunch of imbeciles on here decide the entire UNC football program is chock full of cheaters. What a revelation...it must be a wonderful time to be an ABC'er right now.

    And ECU fan's banging on us now, calling for the death penalty?? ARE YOU SERIOUS??? You just took an azz whipping from our much depleted team and now you hate?? How the EF does that work?? You guys rank just below NCSU on the insignificance list, you do know?? You should worry more about your little Conference USA championship bid, low level bowl bid, and continue slurping our left overs boy.

    And State fans, our little brothers, who do INDEED hate UNC more than they love their own team (who can blame them, eh?). Your time is coming.....I don't see a championship in your future in anything besides bull milking (you guys have a long history of success there, for sure). FSU gifts you a game to keep you semi relevant this year, and now you have the bawz to "hope UNC beats FSU for you next week". How laughable...I don't see you guys leaving Clemson with anything other than red behinds to match those hideous unis. But it's truly ironic you hate on UNC all year, and now you need big brother to help you out. Sorry, we play for ourselves only and you better determine your own fate, not depend on others. And of course, you still gotta see us in a couple of weeks...hope your ready and I do hope your "championship" hopes are at stake (guffaws). That will make whipping your tails that much sweeter, yes.

    And yeah, guys getting jewelry from other guys....that is borderline metro,no doubt. But how about being rudely awakened at a tennis sleep over?? Gives a whole new meaning to the "CS" in NCSU, am I right??? And by your logic, the actions of a single or even a few kids should reflect the morals of your whole athletic program....chew on that cud for a bit, wolfies.

    So there...I typically do not allow myself to be pulled down to low levels...but man, enough is enough. Grow up or stay off our board.

  • Warren G. is back Oct 29, 2010

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    The ONLY thing it suggests is that the message gets out to all of the coaches, embecile.

  • redistrumps Oct 29, 2010

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    hahahaha
    I see the usual delusional deny and deflection mode is back on for the UNC fans!

  • BeastOnTheHill Oct 29, 2010

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    Being a Carolina fan is and always will be much much better than being a fan of a losing program in all major sports.

  • BeastOnTheHill Oct 29, 2010

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    that tail whoppin you boys took got ya down I see.

  • andy2 Oct 29, 2010

    Because that way the entire coaching staff sees the letter...JEEZ!

    That would suggest the whole coaching staff is responsible. This is on Butch and it is up to the Head Coach to pass this info. along. JEEZ!

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