UNC letter: Tutor helped student-athletes with studies, finances
Posted November 11, 2010
Updated November 12, 2010
Raleigh, N.C. — The most recent release of public documents by the University of North Carolina includes a letter to the tutor, Jennifer L. Wiley, of Chapel Hill, outlining how she helped student-athletes with both financial and academic assistance that was “impermissible."
The letter from Dick Baddour, UNC director of athletics, says in 2010 Wiley provided “in excess of $2,000 in connection with travel and transportation issues.” Baddour wrote that Wiley also "provided impermissible academic assistance" in 2009 and 2010. The letter concludes “the eligibility status of several of our student athletes has been adversely affected.”
The dual investigation into allegations of improper relationships with agents and academic improprieties by members of the UNC football team has caused fourteen players to miss at least one game this season.
The university kicked defensive tackle Marvin Austin off the football team, and the NCAA ruled wide receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn "permanently ineligible" because of gifts they received from agents. UNC estimated Little accepted $4,952 in benefits and Quinn accepted $5,642. Baddour estimated that Austin received benefits between $10,000 and $13,000.
Wiley, a graduate of UNC who works as an elementary school teacher in Durham, is banned from further helping student athletes, having contact with them or entering any campus athletic facilities.
In a statement issued by her lawyer, Joseph B. Cheshire V., Wiley acknowledges her role in the investigation into the UNC football program. "She did not intend for her work to 'provide impermissible academic assistance' and to the extent it did, she is deeply saddened, particularly as it has affected the young men she cared so much about," Cheshire said.
Cheshire says Wiley allowed an individual to use her credit card and bank statements show she was immediately repaid. Wiley did not know that the transaction was impermissible.
Two other individuals, former UNC and Marshall player Chris Hawkins and a Florida based jeweler Anthony Machado, have received the same request for dissociation from UNC athletics.
Baddour wrote that Machado provided at least one Tar Heel student-athlete impermissible benefits. Hawkins was deemed a "runner" and a "prospective agent" by the school's athletic department.
The university also named three former UNC football players as among those who provided gifts to current football players. They are Mahlon Carey ($140), Hakeem Nicks ($3,300), Omar Brown ($1,865). Two other individuals, Vernon Davis ($20) and an unnamed person from Miami ($320) also provided players with benefits, according to the university.
Carey, Nicks and Brown thought they were helping their friends and, there was no improper relationship with sports agents, the university concluded.