UNC football players racked up $13K in parking tickets
Posted June 16, 2011
Updated June 17, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill released thousands of pages of documents Thursday at the request of local media that could shed some light on the NCAA investigation into the university football program.
Documents released Monday are:
* Parking tickets issued by UNC to 11 players over a little more than three calendar years.
* Unredacted phone numbers on telephone bills for mobile phones provided to and used by UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour, head football coach Butch Davis and John Blake.
The media asked for parking tickets issued to 11 players. The records show that 395 citations – mostly for being in the wrong place, like a handicapped spot or blocking a dumpster, or parking without a permit – totaling $13,155 between March 2007 and August 2010. The records do not list the names of the offenders or whether the parking fines were paid.
Based on our review of the documents, there are currently 54 unpaid parking tickets totaling $2,035, 19 of those have been issued past August 3, 2010. There are still 35 outstanding tickets for $1,250 that fall within the public records request time frame from March 2007 to August 2010.
The university is saying there are 30 unpaid tickets that fall between March 2007 to August 2010. They are also saying that 39 were only a warning, nine were voided and one was appealed. The University's list also added an additional player to the 11 previously requested, the additional player had 68 tickets and those were a part of the previous 395.
One of the cars cited had license plate SW3UNC16. Cornerback Kendric Burney, who attended Southwest High School in Jacksonville, NC, and wears No. 16, was suspended by the NCAA for six games for accepting $1,333 in agent benefits that included trips to California, Atlanta and Las Vegas.
The black Nissan with the SW3UNC16 plate incurred 11 tickets and a total of $315 in fines.
One of the cars, a grey dodge charger, is registered to Gregory Lamar Little who is Greg Little's father. Wide receiver Little, who attended Hillside High School in Durham, NC, was declared "permanently ineligible" by the NCAA in October for accepting an estimated $4,952 in benefits.
The VIN number associated with the car registered to the Little family is also listed as the VIN number for three other license plate numbers that received parking tickets. The car with that VIN number got at least 16 tickets. Tickets were issued to that VIN number with three different license plates, including one 24-period where it got two tickets and had two different plates.
In a letter Thursday, the university said not all 11 players had been issued tickets. "Student-athletes at Carolina do not receive special treatment when it comes to parking," the letter stated. "The student-athletes are expected to pay their parking fines, just like any other student, faculty, staff member or visitor."
A university spokeswoman said the campus parking enforcement issued 47,092 tickets in the 2010-11 school year. The total value of the fines, including those voided by the university, was about $1.6 million.
Among the cars listed for players are two Land Rovers and a BMW. In releasing the records, the university linked the 12 players to 28 vehicles. A former player has told WRAL that Ryan Houston drove two Land Rovers. Tailback Houston missed the first five games for agent-related or academic misconduct issues. He was cleared to play in the game against Virginia on Nov. 13 but did not return to the field during the 2010 season. Houston retains a year of eligibility after undergoing successful shoulder surgery in the spring.
The NCAA has been investigating since last summer whether football players got improper benefits or had disallowed relationships with agents and boosters. In December, UNC identified 10 people – three of them former players – who provided some benefit to players on the 2010 squad.
The university has also been conducting an internal investigation into allegations of academic misconduct by players. Among the people who provided some benefit to players was Jennifer Wiley, a former tutor with the UNC Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes. Wiley also worked as a tutor for the son of head football coach Butch Davis.
Fourteen players missed some or all of the games played in the 2010 season. The NCAA declared two of them, receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn, permanently ineligible, and UNC kicked a third, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, off the team.
WRAL News joined other media outlets in requesting that the university release information connected to the investigation, citing public records law. The university denied that claim, but the courts found in favor of the media.
Over the course of about eight months, UNC released:
* The names of all people accused of providing benefits to football players
* Records for the cell phone of former associate football coach John Blake between June 2009 and September 2010
* Emails sent to Chancellor Holden Thorp between August and December 2010 related to the football investigation
* The names and salaries of those who worked in the athletic support program between 2006-11
The media also asked for "all records of any investigation conducted by the university related to any misconduct by any UNC football coach or player, sports agent, athletic booster or academic tutor." The court has not ruled on that issue.