Friday, August 27, 2010

Staying One Step Ahead Of The Suits In Kansas (For Now), UNC Investigates Self

The investigation of the University of North Carolina's football program has expanded into possible academic misconduct involving players and a woman who worked as a tutor for coach Butch Davis' son, school officials said Thursday night.

Athletic director Dick Baddour (right, that’s UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp in the middle and Davis on the left) declined to identify the players or say how many may be involved, and he refused to specify what the possible violations may have been, saying only that they involved a student tutor and student-athletes on the football team.

"We are looking into improprieties that existed outside the classroom," Baddour said. "That's about as close to that as I can get."

The announcement came nine days before the No. 18 Tar Heels' opener against No. 21 LSU in Atlanta, and roughly two months after the NCAA began an investigation into whether two key players - defensive tackle Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little - received improper benefits from agents. Defensive line coach John Blake's longtime friendship with California-based agent Gary Wichard also has drawn the NCAA's interest.

Joint interviews conducted by NCAA and school investigators during that probe led them to a player who "raised an issue that we felt like deserved further consideration on our part."

"It led us down a road that brought us to what we're talking about," Baddour said.

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(Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

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