Investigation names agent in UNC football scandal
The North Carolina Secretary of State investigation into the North Carolina football team named a man who allegedly sent former Tar Heel player Marvin Austin, several other players and a tutor money, reports Wralsportsfan.com.
The investigation into the program started in 2010 focusing in on Austin, saying that a Georgia agent named Terry Watson gave athletes extra benefits, a clear violation of NCAA rules.
Watson’s offices were raided and authorities found documents and text messages showing reports of money wired into bank accounts of athletes. The NCAA reacted, hammering the program by stripping their football wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons and putting the program on probation through March 2015.
“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.
“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 State’s investigation of agent activity.”
According to warrants, former Tar Heel players Robert Quinn, Jordan Nix, Michael McAdoo and Deunta Williams received packages from Watson.