Jun 22, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The University of North Carolina on Tuesday received a letter of allegations from the NCAA stemming from an NCAA investigation into the football program which has been going on for over a year.
The letter alleges nine violations of NCAA bylaws including:
• Allegations against former assistant coach John Blake:
- unethical conduct for providing false and misleading information to the NCAA enforcement staff and to the institution and for failure to cooperate with the investigation.
- marketed athletic abilities of student-athletes to agent Gary Wichard
- received outside income that he did not report to the institution
• Allegations against alumna Jennifer Wiley:
- unethical conduct for refusing to provide information to the NCAA enforcement staff and to the institution
- provided extra benefits to student-athletes in the form of travel and parking expenses, and tutoring
• Allegations of academic fraud against student-athletes and the tutor
• Allegations that student-athletes received preferential treatment and accepted impermissible benefits
• Allegations against a former student-athlete for unethical conduct
• Failure by the institution to adequately monitor the conduct of Chris Hawkins, an individual triggering NCAA agent legislation; the social media activity of the football team for a period in 2010; and possible extra benefits to a student-athlete triggered by agent legislation.
“We of course hoped that this day would never come, but we’ve had ongoing conversations with the NCAA during the process," UNC athletic director Dick Baddour told WRAL's Ken Medlin Tuesday, "so, we’re not surprised [by what’s in the notice of allegations].”
The three other violations concern the lack of cooperation of three individuals. Blake refused to provide information requested by the NCAA, Wiley declined to be interviewed by the NCAA and a student-athlete who provided false and misleading information during the investigation.
The NCAA has been investigating the UNC football program since last summer on allegations that players got improper benefits or had engaged in 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 UNC team.
Fourteen players missed some or all of the games played in the 2010 season. The NCAA declared two of them, wide receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn, permanently ineligible, and UNC kicked a third, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, off the team.
All parties involved are required to have responded to the notice of infractions by September 19. The Committee on Infractions is scheduled to meet in Indianapolis on October 28, 2011, university officials can attend.
A pre-hearing conference with the school and other involved individuals is held four-to-six weeks before the hearing. During this conference call, the allegations are discussed.
A case summary documenting the allegations, involved individuals, any outstanding issues and other information relevant to the case will be sent to the individuals involved in the hearing and to the Committee on Infractions at least two weeks prior to the hearing.
Any penalties against the university or the football program would be announced following the hearing.
Allegations against former assistant John Blake
In the Notice of Allegations, the NCAA stated allegations that from 2007 to 2010 Blake partnered with National Football League Players Association certified agent Gary Wichard and Pro Tect Management to represent players in the marketing of their talent in violation of NCAA legislation.
Blake was employed by Pro Tect Management to influence football student-athletes to hire Wichard for representation.
From May 2007 to October 2009 Blake did not report $31,000 in income from Pro Tect Management. Blake received wire transfers in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 from Pro Tect Management's bank account into his personal account on seven occasions.
NCAA assistant director of agent, gambling and amateurism activities Chance Miller interviewed Blake on August 3 and 31 concerning possible violations of NCAA legislation in the football program.
Allegations against alumna Jennifer Wiley
During the 2008-09 academic year and summer of 2009 Wiley, an academic support center tutor at the time, provided impermissible academic assistance to two football players. Those two players competed ineligibly during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 football seasons.
Wiley wrote parts of one student-athlete's papers in April 2008, over the summer of 2009 she emailed outlines and revised versions of a paper for one student-athlete.
And during the fall of 2008 and summer of 2009 she composed works cited pages for three assignments for a student-athlete.
Wiley also provided approximately $3,500 in impermissible extra benefits to football student-athletes. Extra benefits included a $150 for an airline ticket in May 2010 and $1,789 in parking violations on August 20, 2010 for one student-athlete.
Wiley provided approximately 142 hours of free tutoring services to nine football student-athletes during the 2009-10 academic year while she was no longer working for the academic support center.
Former UNC student and tutor declined to be interviewed by the NCAA enforcement staff concerning violations of NCAA legislation into the football program.
Allegations of preferential treatment and accepted impermissible benefits
It was reported in 2009 and 2010 that seven football student-athletes received $27,097.38 in benefits from individuals, some who the NCAA deemed as agents.
The names of the student-athletes that received the impermissible benefits were not provided by the university. Benefits included travel, lodging, and financial compensation.
- Player A received $13,507.47 from Gary Wichard, sports agent and owner of Pro Tect Management, Todd Stewart of Pro Sports Financial and former UNC football player Kentwan Balmer.
- Player B received $5,642.92 from a jeweler AJ Mosciato, agent Michael Katz of Rosenhaus Sports, and other various financial advisors.
- Player C received $5,040.20 from Stewart, Katz and former UNC football player Hakeem Nicks.
- Player D received $1,396.54 from former UNC football player Omar Brown and former UNC football player Chris Hawkins.
- Player E received $1,320.75 from Hawkins, Brown and former UNC football player Mahlon Carey.
- Player F received $135 from Hawkins and Carey.
- Player G received $54.50 from Stewart.
Failure by the institution to adequately monitor activity involving football program
The notice of allegations reported allegations during 2009 and 2010 that the institution failed to adequately monitor the conduct and administration of the football program.
“I feel terrible that these allegations occurred under my watch," UNC head coach Butch Davis said in a statement from the university Tuesday. "I especially regret that the university has had to endure this scrutiny because of the football program. The responsibility for correcting any problems that put us in this position is mine, and I take that responsibility very seriously."
The lack of monitoring led to $866 in impermissible benefits and improper agent relations with student-athletes by Hawkins.
Inadequate monitoring of social networking activity from February to June 2010 showed potential amateurism violations and delayed the institution's discovery of benefits being provided.
The notice also alleges that during 2009 and 2010 the university failed to investigate information related to preferential treatment and benefits received by one student-athlete which triggered the NCAA investigation after the student-athlete reported the information to administrators within the football program.
Requests from NCAA
All parties involved are required to respond to the NCAA letter of allegations and provide any documents requested to the NCAA by September 19. The NCAA requested all related documents available for each infraction, a summary of every violation, all disciplinary actions taken against any current or former athletics department staff member, any secondary violations incurred over the past five years, and a description of the structure of the athletics department at UNC.
Within the sports program the NCAA requested, the number of scholarships during the past four years, number of student-athletes receiving academic financial aid, number of redshirt athletes during the past four years and those who plan to redshirt in the upcoming season. They have also requested the win-loss record for the football program in the previous four seasons and postseason competition.
The university must provide their obligations concerning live telecasts of contests during the next three seasons.
Previous UNC appeals to NCAA
As the allegations of misconduct emerged last fall, the university appealed NCAA suspensions of several players with mixed results.
On Sept. 23, the NCAA ruled that cornerback Kendric Burney had to miss six games and make repayment of $575.19 to a charity of his choice, and that Deunta Williams, a safety, had to miss four games and make repayment of $450.67 to a charity of his choice. NCAA investigations revealed that Burney had received $1,333 in benefits and Williams had received $1,426 in benefits.
The NCAA denied the suspension appeals on behalf of Burney and Williams on Oct. 1 and both served their suspensions and returned to the team.
On February 9, rising-senior defensive end Michael McAdoo had his appeal denied after he was ruled permanently ineligible on Nov. 15 due to his involvement in both alleged academic misconduct and improper agent-player relations.
Devon Ramsay, a rising senior fullback who was ruled ineligible after starting four games in 2010, saw his appeal upheld in February. The NCAA ruled that Ramsay did not violate any rules and can return to competition.
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