UNC's Burney, White sign with agent

January 7, 2011 2:55:52 PM PST
Multiple sources tell ABC11 UNC senior cornerback Kendric Burney and senior running back Johnny White have signed on with All Pro Sports& Entertainment based in Denver, Colorado. APSE Inc. is the same company that represents former UNC wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, one of the players identified as providing impermissible benefits to current Tar Heel players. APSE Inc. Principal Peter Schaffer has also been linked to Chris Hawkins, who has been banned from the UNC campus.

Hawkins is accused of arranging for UNC players to meet with at least two agents, including Schaffer and Kevin Conner of Universal Sports Management in Atlanta.

Hawkins is also accused of arranging for players to make trips to Atlanta and Las Vegas to meet with potential agents.

White has not been involved in the NCAA Investigation, but Kendric Burney did serve a six game suspension for receiving $1,333 in benefits, primarily trips to California, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Also of note, sources say Schaffer is one of the agents who received a letter of inquiry from NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall who is investigating whether NFL agents broke state laws through inappropriate contact with players at UNC.

When contacted about the deals, All Pro Sports & Entertainment told ABC11, "We have no comment at this time." Sources say the NFL Players Association has not yet received any paperwork from APSE Inc. ESPN's Mel Kiper has Burney among the Top 100 NFL Prospects, ranked No. 85 overall. White is listed No. 45 among running backs.

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