RE: Warrant: UNC's Little got $20K payoffUNC cheats. They always have, and their fans buy into this falsely created brand.
Sep 5, 2013
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by providing more than $20,000 in cash and benefits to former Tar Heels receiver Greg Little in 2010.
In a search warrant unsealed this week, an agent with the Secretary of State's office said Little told investigators that Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency provided him with a monthly cash allowance of $2,200 in addition to travel expenses and other payments.
Little, now with the Cleveland Browns, also reimbursed former tutor Jenifer Wiley for expenses paid on his behalf with money received from Watson or a financial adviser, according to a probable cause affidavit in the June search warrant.
While the NCAA investigation is closed, authorities are still reviewing whether laws regulating sports agents were broken.
Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said he is considering criminal charges under the state's Uniform Athletes Agents Act. By law, agents must register with the Secretary of State's office, and the law is designed to shield athletes from sports agents who would offer gifts to entice them to sign representation contracts.
It is a Class I felony to violate the law, meaning a maximum prison sentence of 15 months, and violations also could carry civil penalties of up to $25,000.
Woodall said he knows of no other state that has used a similar statute to charge an agent with a crime.
The warrant sought Wiley's financial records from January 2009 to December 2010. She was linked to academic misconduct violations involving several UNC football players during an NCAA investigation that began in 2010, as well as providing improper financial benefits to Little.
Her attorney, Joseph B. Cheshire V of Raleigh, defended Wiley as a "sweet, naive and caring person."
"Neither Ms. Wiley nor I have any comment to what is an old story, one repeated ad nauseum that needs to be allowed to die the death it deserves," Cheshire told WRAL News.
Watson didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press to his Marietta, Ga.-based office Thursday. In search warrants unsealed in March, investigators said Watson also made cash payments to former UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin.
Little met with investigators in January and said he was "ready for this chapter of his life to be over and to get on with his life on a clean slate," according to the affidavit. During the interview, he said Wiley received several financial payments from Watson and forwarded them to Little.
Little was declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits in October 2010, while Austin was dismissed from the team. Neither played all season and were among 14 Tar Heels that missed at least one game that year amid the NCAA probe.
The NCAA hit the program with a one-year bowl ban in March 2012 — which kept the Tar Heels out of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game last fall — as well as a reduction of 15 scholarships over a three-year period and probation.
Steve Kirshner, a spokesman for the UNC athletics department, said the university would have no comment on the revelations or the progress of the case.
After her office launched its probe in summer 2010, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said the focus was not on athletes or schools but on the agents or anyone that provided athletes with items of value.
- Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again03- Posted by da_man"http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ycn-7965352"- Posted by UpChuck
Do I have to interpret it for you? NCState 5 times cited for violations by the NCAA....near the top. FYI, UNC has been cited twice. I'm sure you can "justify" those though...typical. If you can't beat em, try to out cheat em, and then when you out cheat em and they still clean your clock year in and year out...well...just sad.
If only UN*C had been cited for all they've been doing for decades......
- Posted by MiltonroadwarriorOne of the most NCAA sanctioned schools in the United States is NC State University.- Posted by Native NC gal
Don't know why people who live in glass houses throw stones. Don't sit there and pretend your X doesn't stink...
Why don't you do some real work instead of spreading those silly talking points? Name the 'violations'. List them, in detail, and then compare them to the decades-long corruption scheme that has been ongoing and ignored by state and university leaders (in other words, condoned by). One of the violations imposed on NCSU by the NCAA was because Coach Case gave one of his players the money for a bus ride to get home while another was because an assistant coach was seen playing in a game of basketball with their new commit, David Thompson.
Now compare that to fraudulent academic schemes, incredible amounts of money being given to playas, free use of rental cars from felons, free access to the inner chambers of the UNCCH sports complex by agents, employing agents as coaches and teachers.....
Sounds to me like you are a perfect fit for UNCCH. You don't do any homework and you don't appear to have gone to any class.
- Posted by Miltonroadwarrior- Posted by Objective Scientist- Posted by jgunnjgunn you are so correct. My daughter work her tail of for 12 years to earn her scholarship. 4.6 GPA coming out of high school. 2 A's, and 3 B's, and two A's in summer school. So proud of her. PJ should have been in summer school instead of just hanging around campus all summer!!- Posted by Toddler10-21
My daughter as well, Toddler. She also had a 4.6 GPA coming out of HS, and was actually a sophomore due to all the AP classes she took in HS. She was a Chemistry major, and ONE lab - ONE - for one class could take up to 20 hours to complete. To say that diplomas are given away at Carolina is an injustice to the general student population.
I doubt PJ would ever darken the doorway to the classroom your daughter sits in. The athletes and the students are treated very differently as UNC, and probably other schools as well.
jgunn - your daughter and I may have taken the same chemistry course... albeit mine was likely taken decades before hers. Upon entering the lab each student was given "something" - an "unknown". For some it was liquid, for some it was a powder, others a solid - different colors and textures, etc. We had 5 or 6 three-hour lab sessions to determine "what it was". By the time you worked through all the steps of eliminating this/that and confirming this/that - it took a total of 15-20 hours. I thought it was "fun" and very satisfying to be able to do that. Most difficult course I had was an undergrad class in Botony - the professor was the most demanding and taught the course at the highest level of "rigor" than any other course I had - even including my Ph.D. coursework. The final exam took all of us about 7-8 hours to complete! He gave us only "half" the exam at the beginning... when we finishe that he gave us the second half. I doubt PJ Hairston would have lasted 5 minutes in either class - chemistry or botony.
RE: Time magazine having "Johnny Football" and Syria on the same cover- I've got to see that... and even more what is said about each inside. I actually get Time, but have not yet received that issue. Thanks for alerting me to it. Not sure it is "appropriate" for Manziel to "share" the cover with a truly serious topic like the Syrian crisis, but it is not as bad as having "Boston Bomber" Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone!!!
And yet you all idolize those athletes. Somehow, I am left mystified with these heart-warming little anecdotes about your sweet babies and their horrible chemistry labs. I have news for you. Half the students at universities with engineering and physical/life science as their degree programs have to go through many of those kinds of classes. And those GTechs, VTechs, UVAs, NCSUs of the world do not sell their souls and integrity for some banners.
If your little precious is working her little tail off in that chemistry lab then you should be the first to be standing up and defending the integrity of his or her academic efforts.