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.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah