NCAA investigating UNC's football program

July 14, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
UNC Chapel Hill's football program is currently under investigation by the NCAA, because of possible rule violations.The university confirms to ABC11 Eyewitness News that the NCAA has been in Chapel Hill speaking with student athletes.

One of the football players tell ABC11 that the investigation is a hot topic among his teammates.

"When I heard about it, I was like, it can't be," UNC outside linebacker Zachary Brown said.

Brown says about six or seven players have talked to investigators. He says he isn't one of them and declined to elaborate on the questions his teammates were asked.

However, ESPN is reporting that the players were asked questions about agents and whether anyone had received gifts or extra benefits.

Sources also told ESPN that defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who returned to UNC instead of joining the NFL draft, was one of the players investigators spoke with.

"I hope they didn't do it, cause you know, we're like a family so they are supposed to be here as one for us," Brown said.

ABC11 was unable to reach UNC Football Head Coach Butch Davis for comment, but UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour did acknowledge Thursday that NCAA representatives have talked to some student athletes, but wouldn't say which ones.

"I think it's very important that we not jump to any conclusions at this point," he said. "If there are issues, we'll work hard to fix them and move forward."

Brown says he doesn't think there are any issues and feels the team is being targeted for other reasons.

"I think it's because all the hype we have about our defense so I think the NCAA think we're all doing something or something cause everybody returned," Brown said. "All we are trying to do is win the national championship this year."

At this point it is unclear when the details about the investigation will be released.

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