UNC's Davis speaks following associate's resignation

North Carolina coach Butch Davis works with his team during the their first day of NCAA college football practice in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin and wide receiver Greg Little are a part of an NCAA investigation into whether they received improper benefits from agents. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
September 6, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
UNC Football Head Coach Butch Davis addressed the media on Tuesday for the first time since the sudden resignation of Associate Head Coach John Blake.Blake has been linked to the scandal involving allegations of Tar Heel players accepting gifts from agents.

On Tuesday, Davis tried to stress that Blake left on his own.

"There was a lot of pressure on him with his family and stuff," Davis said. "And he just thought it was in his best interest to do that."

Even after a surprisingly strong showing during the season opening game against LSU Saturday by his team depleted of star players, Davis fielded questions mainly about the two-pronged scandal, which also includes allegations of academic fraud.

A former UNC tutor is accused of writing term papers for players. The same tutor also worked for Davis' son.

"Every kid that I have ever recruited in my entire college coaching career, I have talked to them about going to college, getting an education," Davis said. Since Blake's resignation on Sunday, sports talk radio has been a buzz with the future of the Tar Heels football coach.

"The coach says he did not know anything about the tutoring fraud," said a caller on a sports radio show. "And unless there's proof that he did, you got to cut the guy some slack."

"There's no evidence that he initiated the problems with the tutor, or participated in it," added the radio host. "Some say that evidence is going to come out."

But Davis suggested Tuesday even the remaining coaches can learn from the turmoil.

"This is an opportunity to look at how we have been doings and ask how can we do it better," Davis said.

At this point, there are still three investigations going on -- one by the NCAA and the North Carolina Secretary of State over the involvement of sports agents and another by the university on accusations of academic fraud.

There is currently no projection on when any of the investigations will come to a conclusion.

Meanwhile also on Tuesday, it was announced UNC senior Greg Little now has a lawyer in his corner.

Durham attorney James Williams told ABC11 Eyewitness News that he's been "helping Greg through the course of the NCAA matter." Williams also said Little has not been subpoenaed at this point.

Little has been questioned by investigators over potential improper contact with an agent. The receiver was held out of Saturday's game against LSU, but is practicing with the team.

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