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UNC football players racked up $13K in parking tickets

Posted June 16, 2011
Updated June 17, 2011

— 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 handbook used by tutors of student athletes

* 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. 

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  • VT1994Hokie Jun 24, 2011

    It's wow time. I haven't visited this one in a few days. I think JGunn hit it regarding Dick Baddour. I've said since last June that it starts in the AD's office. He is totally accountable for all under his direction. That's why he is making huge bucks. It starts and stops in HIS OFFICE. Hire/fire. Now the BOG's need to fire down.

  • jmoore27540 Jun 18, 2011

    66 pages...............wow. Grats people!!!

  • sckinton60 Jun 18, 2011

    Just move on? How bout Carolina moving OUT of the ACC, you're embarrassing the rest of the conference, you've proved you're actually an independent the way you disregard the rules you helped put in place that the rest us have to abide by. NCAA is a joke anyway, they're scared of the Chapel Hill money!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 18, 2011

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    I remember all that, too. I guess I didn't mean Butch has something on Baddour and Thorp specifically, but rather, on the university or athletics program (see the part I wrote about "dropping dime" on other athletics programs).

    If Butch knows something about Roy and/or the basketball program, then he very well might have Baddour and Thorp by the "short and curlies".

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 18, 2011

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    You hit on a key point. It's a waste of time because they can be FORCED to release them. So why would they fight a fight they KNOW they can't win? They're not dumb. I think the answer is they want to DELAY everything as much as possible. The longer they delay (1) the longer they keep their jobs (and continue to get paid), and (2) the more time they have for the masses to get tired of hearing about it, and (3) the more time passes, the greater the chance the NCAA could rule on them before they find out something they don't already know.

    I think #2 and/or #3 are the most likely.

    They may not win a lawsuit, but if they get the delay that they REALLY want, then they are winning (in a sense).

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 18, 2011

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    Actually, you're probably right. If he resigns in disgrace, he won't be touchable in the college ranks for quite a while. Maybe he can get an announcer job at ESPN for 2-3 years, then come to NC State via Debbie Yow. ;)

  • StunGunn Jun 17, 2011

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    I would bet any amount of money that Butch doesn't have anything on Thorpe. Dick-less may be another story. Last summer, I was convinced Thorpe was waiting for the NCAA to make it's ruling so he wouldn't have to pay Butch a dime when he was forced to "resign". I remember the look on Thorp's face during those pressers and it wasn't pretty. He was pizzed. Pizzed that this happened at the University that he believes in and cares for. Pizzed that a few boneheaded athletes and coaches have forever sullied the reputation of the school that he loves. Thorpe is an academic guy. His only mistake was trusting Dick-less Baddour to do his job.

  • StunGunn Jun 17, 2011

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    I don't find it as odd as much as a waste of time; UNC can be forced to cough them up. I can only hope there won't be missing parts to those records; the last thing we need is a phonegate.

  • StunGunn Jun 17, 2011

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    Butch's next job will be in the NFL where he doesn't have to deal with all this. This can't be fun for Butch, and this isn't going to "go away" either.

  • StunGunn Jun 17, 2011

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    Ken, this is one of your best posts ever; and that's saying a lot because you always post intelligent, well thought-out comments.

    That said, I am saddened a little, because what you wrote is true. Are we, as fans, kidding ourselves into thinking that there is really a "student" in the moniker "student athlete"? And did I really think some of these kids went to class after hearing them speak during interviews?

    The saddest thing is that here we are at 600+ posts over something that has NOTHING to do with academics (other than the same people who parked cars wherever they pleased are also supposed to be students). You're right - we aren't passionate about the academics in these fine schools, but we are fanatics about football and basketball.

    After thinking about it, maybe it would make more sense to separate the "scholarship" athletes from the academic side of things altogether. Maybe it would be better if we acknowledged the really talented athletes would rather be on the field or court and not in the classroom.

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