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some may be old but a lot of this just came out today, namely the extent and hard evidence of the money transfers. UNC is currently on (self?) probation and so I don't know how much, if any, this will change anything.
Agent investigation names UNC football money man
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — An investigation into sports agents by the North Carolina Secretary of State found that a Georgia man sent cash to then-University of North Carolina football player Marvin Austin and other student-athletes nationwide, as well as tutor Jennifer Wiley.
"Terry Watson was a guy who gave me money," Austin told state investigators in reference to Terry Shawn Watson, of the Watson Sports Agency registered in Marietta, Georgia.
FedEx records back up Austin's claim that he got a package from Georgia sent by Watson associate Patrick Jones. In one instance, Austin stated that he received $2,000 in cash.
In a raid on Watson's office, authorities found documents and text messages showing reports of money wired into student-athlete bank accounts. As of Dec. 12, 2012, investigators were still combing through "numerous wire transfer records to and from UNC-CH student-athletes, their relatives, friends, and others associated with them."
"We saw the search warrants for the first time today and are reviewing them," UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "It is not appropriate for anyone at the University to comment on the specifics of the Secretary of State¹s investigation of agent activity."
Jones told investigators he regularly sent packages of cash to players whom Watson was trying to recruit, including other players at UNC. NCAA records show Watson also had contact with UNC players Charles Brown, Kendrick Burney and Little.
Watson first contacted Austin as early as Dec. 3, 2009, and they made contact 34 times in a six month span. In a September 2010 interview with agents from the Secretary of State, Austin said that he and Watson "met over dinner at a steak restaurant." That meeting was prior to Watson becoming a registered sports agent in the state of North Carolina and is in violation of the North Carolina Uniform Athletes Agent Act.
Former UNC players Robert Quinn, Jordan Nix, Michael McAdoo, Deunta Williams also got packages from Watson, according to warrants released Monday. So did Todd Stewart, a man disassociated from the UNC football program for his links to agents.
The investigation found that Watson contacted Little, Williams, Burney, Brown and McAdoo no fewer than 731 times as a collective with "a minimum of 39" of those contacts being a violation.
An investigation into sports agents by the North Carolina Secretary of State found that a Georgia man sent cash to then-University of North Carolina football player Marvin Austin and other student-athletes nationwide.
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