Thursday, September 30, 2010

DAVIS SPEAKS OUT ON JOHN BLAKE, ETC.

According to ACC Now, UNC head Butch Davis said he did not know the financial details of former associate head coach John Blake's relationship with NFL agent Gary Wichard.

Blake received multiple payments, a personal loan of $45,000 and a credit card issued by Wichard's company, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Davis was interviewed by Raleigh radio host Taylor Zarzour on Thursday morning and denied having any knowledge of the situation.

"My first observation is, that, you know, in reference to some of the points in the article, is that people have private lives," Davis said. "No one knows what credit cards that anybody — I don't know what credit cards you carry, you don't know what credit cards that I carry — I mean people have private lives. That was a total, absolutely revelation to me. I had no idea, and don't even know that that's actually true."

Blake resigned from his position as UNC's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator on Sept. 5.

The Yahoo! report cites five trips to California and Miami by defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who has been suspended by the team, and connects Austin's California trip to Wichard's agency.

Davis was asked if he keeps tabs on players and their travels.

"A lot of people have asked that question: How could a coach not know about a player?" Davis said. "… We don't monitor, in the past we haven't, monitored where they've gone…It's very difficult to know where every kid goes all the time."

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