Former North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little admitted to investigators he received payments from a sports agent in 2010. The NCAA has closed the book on an investigation in to North Carolina but authorities continue to dig deeper to determine if laws related to sports agents were broken. Little was ruled ineligible in October 2010 as a result of the NCAA investigation that resulted in a postseason ban and other sanctions for the Tar Heels.
The Associated Press reports Little confessed to receiving monthly payments from Terry Watson, from Watson Sports Agency, and investigators believe Watson provided over $20,000 in extra benefits to Little and another former Tar Heel, Marvin Austin. Little spoke to investigators in January to clear his conscious it seems, telling the investigators he was “ready for this chapter of his life to be over and to get on with his life on a clean slate.”
The NCAA already handled this situation at North Carolina, so this may not be an issue of the organization missing something as egregious as a mythical class for football players. The Tar Heels ended up making a change at head coach by removing Butch Davis and eventually hiring Larry Fedora. This season the Tar Heels are once again eligible for postseason play after serving their one-year postseason ban that stemmed from the previous NCAA investigation.
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”