Monday, October 11, 2010

North Carolina and NCAA Dismiss Three Players

Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin
According to ACC Now, the college football careers of North Carolina seniors Marvin Austin and Greg Little and junior Robert Quinn are over as the result of an NCAA investigation into the Tar Heels football program.

UNC dismissed Austin, and Little and Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible because of untruthfulness, Chancellor Holden Thorp said this morning.

In a news release, UNC stated that the total value of benefits received was $4,952 for Little and $5,642 for Quinn, according to information submitted to the NCAA by the university.

Little was found to have accepted diamond earrings and travel accommodations to the Bahamas, Washington, D.C., and two trips to Miami, among other benefits. Quinn’s benefits were found to include two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and travel to Miami.

Greg Little
The university also found that Little and Quinn were not truthful during three separate interviews with UNC and NCAA enforcement staff members. According to UNC, Little and Quinn only provided more accurate information when presented with evidence contrary to their assertions.

UNC announced that Austin was dismissed for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. His case was not submitted to the NCAA for reinstatement. He had been suspended indefinitely since Sept. 1 for violating team rules. UNC did not provide further information on the amount or nature of the benefits Austin received.

All three players have been withheld from games since the beginning of the season because of the NCAA’s investigation into improprieties involving sports agents and possible academic misconduct connected to an undergraduate tutor.

They are among more than a dozen Tar Heel players who have missed games as a result of the NCAA’s probe.

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