Correction (September 7, 12:00 p.m.): Due to an error, The Daily Tar Heel misidentified UNC assistant coach Troy Douglas as John Blake in a photo previously attached to this story. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
North Carolina football’s second-in-command John Blake announced his resignation on Sunday, amid whispers of his involvement in the NCAA investigation.
Blake’s sudden resignation, one day after a loss to Louisiana State University, could mean the NCAA investigation is more damning than football officials had previously let on.
In the press release, which also included statements from Butch Davis and athletic director Dick Baddour, Blake said that he felt his “presence has become a distraction to my family and to this great University, too.”
Blake had been linked to agent Gary Wichard by a Yahoo! Sports report. The report alleged that Blake used to be the vice president of football operations for Wichard’s professional agency, and that the NCAA was investigating the nature of that relationship.