North Carolina

Austin, Little, and Quinn leave UNC

Posted February 4, 2011

— Three former UNC football players who were subjects of a dual investigation by the NCAA and UNC into the North Carolina football program have withdrawn from UNC-Chapel Hill. A team spokesman confirmed that former defensive tackle Marvin Austin, wide receiver Greg Little, and defensive end Robert Quinn are no longer enrolled at UNC and didn't graduate.

Little and Quinn were both declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA after the investigation revealed they had taken improper benefits from agents. UNC estimated Little accepted $4,952 in benefits and Quinn accepted $5,642.

Austin, who was touted as a first-round draft pick at the beginning of the season, was dismissed from the team before any NCAA penalty was handed down. According to the NCAA, Austin also received improper benefits and was untruthful about it to investigators. UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour estimated the benefits received at $10,000 and $13,000.



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  • rt Feb 7, 10:28 a.m.

    It's OK. UNC-CH has just paid for and signed a fresh crop of cheaters. No one there can admit they've done anything wrong (cash, tutors, agents, cars, drugs, etc.) so they'll just keep on doing like they've always done: cheat, lie and deny.

  • NCSU84 Feb 6, 10:34 a.m.

    Who would have thunk!!

  • beckerunc Feb 5, 7:21 a.m.

    Gotta get ready for the combine. Just preparing for their career. I'm just glad UNC doesn't simply give out degrees in 2 or 3 years like some schools.

  • 903 national champions Feb 5, 1:18 a.m.

    Unless, we don't know the whole story......yet.

    We know the whole story. That is if the whole story means everything that UNC decided they better fess up to before it got reported by Yahoo! Sports.

  • 903 national champions Feb 5, 1:12 a.m.

    Greg little and robert quinn both out of high school maintained near 4.0's

    So UNC gave them tutors before they even moved to Chapel Hill?

    I also heard Derrick Rose couldn't qualify the first few times he took the SAT but then thru hard work quadrupled his score right before the admissions deadline. Surprised he didn't stay at Memphis to finish his degree.

  • 903 national champions Feb 5, 1:08 a.m.


    I'd like to think that Carolina and all Universities would recruit ONLY athletes... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    I don't have to dream, I'm a Duke football fan.

  • devildj Feb 4, 11:32 p.m.

    Wow. Some unbelievable comments here. This is about much more than just three players leaving school early to head to the NFL. This is about three DISGRACED players who cheated , lied and were booted. True , they may have gone pro early anyway but when that happens , typically , the player has a choice as to whether he wants to exit early or not. That option didn't exist for these guys. Their story is part of a much larger one involving an NCAA investi- , uhhh , "review." Geez Louise , as if anyone needed to be reminded of that. "Whistling by the graveyard." I'll say this....if the story was about 3 unx student/athletes who were forsaking the remainder of their college eligibility to head off to fame and fortune after their mercurial careers in chapel hill , this "comments" section would be twice as long. It would also be bustin' at the seams with hosannas and well wishes and no one would question the necessity of the story. Quite the opposite , in fact.

  • Tarheel born Feb 4, 10:50 p.m.

    And this is a story why!!!????

  • heelman73 Feb 4, 10:30 p.m.

    So three football players with no collegiate eligibility leave school to prepare for an NFL... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Exactly! It happens hundreds of times every January. I'm surprised these 3 waited this long.

    — Posted by heelman73

    60% of NFL players are broke 3 yrs after they leave the league. Avg stay is 3.5 yrs and the NFL... View More

    — Posted by WufSkins

    That 60% statistic further underscores our point that there is no surprise in this move. Because it happens so much, the majority of NFL players are not prepared for life after their 3.5 years.

  • Massdaddy Feb 4, 10:02 p.m.

    Glad this is over...alright, on to the next season!




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