A trio of former football stars will no longer, in any way, shape or form, be permitted to associate with any facet of the North Carolina football program, documents released by the university revealed Tuesday.
In letters to Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn dated Nov. 15 and signed by athletic director Bubba Cunningham, the current NFL players were informed that they have been “permanently disassociated” from the university. The permanent disassociation, The Associated Press writes, means that all three players are barred “from the Kenan Football Center or other campus athletic facilities, and prohibit them from providing recruiting or financial assistance for athletics.”
“The integrity of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s intercollegiate athletics program has been damaged through your actions,” Cunningham said in the letter. “We will take every step necessary to protect our intercollegiate athletics program from future NCAA rules violations.”
All three missed their final collegiate season in 2010, either because of dismissal (Austin) or being declared permanently ineligible (Little, Quinn), for accepting impermissible benefits from an agent and/or runners for an agent. Little (pictured) acknowledged that he had received more than $20,000 from an agent during his time in Chapel Hill, including a “stipend” of $2,200 a month at one point.
Five individuals, including Georgia-based agent Terry Watson and former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson, have been indicted in connection to the illicit benefits/academic scandal that landed the football program NCAA sanctions.
All five of the indicted ones were sent permanent disassociation letters as well.