Thursday, July 15, 2010

NCAA Checking Out UNC Football

North Carolina Athletic Director Dick Baddour admits that the NCAA is investigating one of the Tar Heel sports programs for possible rules violations. He says the school is cooperating, but declined to specify which sport or exactly what was being investigated.

ESPN's Joe Schad says the sport in question is football.

Baddour says the NCAA told the university not to publicly disclose the probe and that he was allowed only to confirm that investigators had been to Chapel Hill.

"I was told that I could limit my comments to the fact that they had been here and they wanted me to say that we had indeed been cooperative," said Baddour, adding that the inquiry "has our full attention."

One source close to the situation told him that Defensive Tackle Marvin Austin was one of the players interviewed and that the NCAA wanted to make sure that there was no "Reggie Bush stuff going on."

From Schad:
A second source said that the NCAA asked all of UNC's projected NFL draft picks to provide phone records so investigators could see which agents they had spoken with.

The players were also asked who paid for the travel, who paid their rent and which agents they had met with and when, according to the second source.

Here's an interview with Schad on 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh discussing what he knows

Ryan Craig and Jeff Gravely from add that WR Greg Little was also questioned, but he and Austin were not the only ones questioned.

Baddour told them he also knew the anticipated timetable for the length of the investigation, but wouldn't disclose it.

Here's some file tape of Austin... and why agents may want a piece of him...
((HT: ESPN/ACC/AloAloysius))

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