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Former UNC player admits to receiving payments from agent

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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 hiringĀ 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.

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12 Responses to “Former UNC player admits to receiving payments from agent”
  1. ddaniels11 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:21 PM

    The only program to have players receiving money and grades in classes, and get the easiest punishment of any school. Last I checked, cheating in classes was immediate expulsion from a school.

  2. pj710 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    Tell me more about this postseason banD.

  3. mediocrebob says: Sep 5, 2013 4:22 PM

    Something needs to be done. How has UNC gotten by this long?

  4. minibull says: Sep 5, 2013 5:43 PM

    This is insane. I don’t like either USCw or UNC, but between the payments and fake classes UNC had for their athletes for years, how can the Trojans get slapped pretty hard and the NCAA COMPLETELY ignore UNC? Hypocrisy at its finest!

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 5, 2013 7:11 PM

    Tell me, Greg, this cannot be true. This is the ACC and we all know the ACC does not do this. How could they get by with this for so long? Is there not a compliance office at UNC? Are there not officials in the Athletic Department and that is their only job? Some folks need to answer.

  6. poultrygeist2001 says: Sep 5, 2013 9:23 PM

    Uh oh. Everybody get out your rulers…. Time for the darlings of the NCAA to get that fateful “slap on the wrist.”

  7. beaverdam21 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:36 AM

    I’ve been an extreme UNC partisan for over 40 yrs and one of the reasons for the school’s appeal has yes been that they have indeed been squeaky clean til this mess. It is humiliating, they deserve all the shots being taken, and it gives Duke material for the next 50 yrs…. An up and coming Chancellor left in the middle of the debacle – does anybody know if there was any connection???

  8. jonkybon says: Sep 6, 2013 8:27 AM

    @ddaniels11 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:21 PM

    The only program to have players receiving money and grades in classes, and get the easiest punishment of any school. Last I checked, cheating in classes was immediate expulsion from a school.
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    Nice try, but players at the Univ of South Carolina recieved over $60,000. of illegal benefits at the Whitney Hotel. Their punishment was three years probation and the loss of three scholorships a year for three years. No bowl ban and no TV ban.

    The $60,000. was the second most improper benefits in the history of the NCAA second only to the real USC and the house that was given to Reggie Bush. Unlike the coaches at all the other schools punished by the NCAA, the Ole Ball Sack kept his job (as well as a raise and an extension).

    The same Univ of Second Chances also has the only registered sex offender on it’s coaching staff. GA Mangus was charged and convicted of public urination on a public street in Greenville (one of the largest cities in SC). Although suspended for a few hour and fined, Mangus was reinstated the next morning and given a huge raise right before the start of the 2012 season.

  9. jonkybon says: Sep 6, 2013 8:31 AM

    PS Let’s talk about Clowney. His father had been unemployed for almost ten years prior to Jadaveon committing to SC two weeks after National signing day. Three weeks after National signing day Clowney Sr. was employed by the Univ of South Carolina and JD was given a brand new Chrysler.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Sep 6, 2013 9:58 AM

    “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.”

    Where does one start with this mess?…The pay received from an Agent UNC could claim they had no knowledge of, but “a mythical class for football players” means someone high up in the Academics department should have been aware. This would reach beyond “lack of institutional control” as it sounds like there had to be some agreement between the atheletic and academic departments…

  11. packerbadger says: Sep 6, 2013 10:43 AM

    Welcome to life in the south. I now live in NC and this is how they do things down here. Just look at the $EC conference. Good ol’ boy way of life down here.

  12. dkhhuey says: Sep 6, 2013 3:08 PM

    Huh – so in the NCAA eyes… it is much worse to sell your own trinkets/stuff for tats and cash than committing educational fraud and getting boat loads of cash from agents! Great to see they have their priorities right!

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