UNC's Austin received $2,000 from Ga. sports agent - WNCT

UNC's Austin received $2,000 from Ga. sports agent

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A Georgia sports agent sent North Carolina football star Marvin Austin $2,000, contacted and/or provided money or gifts for at least four other UNC players and player's tutor Jennifer Wiley, according to documents released Monday by the North Carolina Secretary of State's office.

The report details how Georgia agent Terry Shawn Watson pursued the UNC players, in violation of state law and NCAA rules.

According to the report, Watson violated North Carolina law "by giving impermissible gifts to UNC-Chapel Hill student-athletes with the intent to coerce them into entering into a representation contract with him."

The report stated that Watson paid "for hotel reservations for student-athletes to Miami, Fla., which is a felony violation of the act."

The report said UNC players Charles Brown, Kendrick Burney, Michael McAdoo, Greg Little and Marvin Austin all admitted Watson contacted them or met them.

Austin had contact with Watson by phone and text as early as Dec. 3, 2009, and McAdoo as early as Jan. 13, 2010, the report said.

"Austin made the following statement: ‘Terry Watson was the guy who gave me money.' Austin stated on one occasion Watson had given him $2,000 cash," the report said.

The report said Austin worked with Watson's associate, Willie Barley of Miami.

"Austin stated Watson sent the cash to him via FedEx and the package was addressed to a bogus name," the report said.

Special agent A.H. Jones investigated for the state. The report was released Monday morning as part of a records request by news organizations.

The report, for the first time, detailed how Austin received money from an agent and continued the run of negative publicity associated with the Carolina football program.

Austin, the effusive and talented defensive lineman from Washington, had been one of Carolina's key recruits as it tried to turn around its football program. But he was suspended from the UNC football indefinitely in September 2010, his senior season, and did not return. At the time, then-coach Butch Davis said Austin had "violated team rules and has neglected his responsibilities to the team."

The New York Giants picked Austin in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and he remains on the Giants' roster.

In March of 2012, the NCAA banned Carolina from post-season play in 2012 and took away 15 scholarships over a three-year period. The scandal eventually led to the firing of  Davis, the early retirement of athletics director Dick Baddour and the resignation of Chancellor Holden Thorp.

Monday, WNCN spoke with Baddour and Thorp about the university's handling of the scandal.

Baddour told our Jonathan Carlson, "It is time to move on, and I strongly believe that."

Thorp said, "We had a tough situation. We did the best we could."

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