Documents name 3 involved in NCAA violations

October 22, 2010 8:32:56 PM PDT
Newly released documents reveal that the University of North Carolina has told the NCAA that three people acted as "prospective agents" by providing benefits to players in connection with the ongoing investigation into the football program.ABC11 Eyewitness News obtained the documents on Friday sent to the NCAA to report violations as part of the process to reinstate players suspended or held out of games due to the probe.

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The documents reveal that on Oct. 4, UNC's director of athletics sent a letter to one-time UNC defensive back Christopher Hawkins in an effort to "disassociate" him from the football program. Richard Baddour banned Hawkins from associating with any current or prospective Carolina athletes and visiting any UNC athletic facilities for at least five years.

Hawkins, who is considered a "runner" that helps recruit players for agents or advisors, was directly involved with cornerback Kendric Burney -- who recently completed an NCAA-issued six-game suspension for improper benefits yet remains out due to an unresolved issue.

Hawkins has told ABC11 that he's not an agent; he was just looking out for his friends.

The documents also named Michael Katz -- an associate at Rosenhaus Sports Representation -- as the person who handed out wrist bands that granted access to a Miami pool party. Rosenhaus has repeatedly denied any involvement in NCAA violations.

Todd Stewart is also named in the paperwork. He is a DC based financial advisor that, according to the documents, booked and paid for hotel rooms for an unspecified player -- all the involved players' names and details in each case have been redacted in the documents -- saying he qualified as an agent through "self-identified ties with a financial advising firm."

However, the documents do reveal that there was apparent confusion on at least one player's part about who they could and couldn't accept benefits from --they thought that financial advisors were okay.

Six players at North Carolina won't play this season due to the NCAA review into agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct, while the status of Burney and two others remains in question going forward.

Four other players missed games before ultimately being cleared to return, though coach Butch Davis said tailback Ryan Houston hopes to redshirt from that group. Safety Deunta Williams recently returned from an NCAA-issued four-game suspension for improper benefits connected to trips.

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