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Marvin Austin dismissed, Greg Little and Robert Quinn ruled ineligible

Austin dismissed, Little and Quinn ruled ineligible

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The investigation into the North Carolina football program continues, but the college athletic careers of Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn have come to an end.

The NCAA ruled senior wide receiver Little and junior defensive end Quinn permanently ineligible, and the football program dismissed senior defensive tackle Austin on Monday for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules.

By the Numbers
  • $10,594 estimated extra benefits Little and Quinn received
  • 92 number of days since investigators first came to Chapel Hill
  • $10,000-$13,000 estimated extra benefits Austin received
  • 2 black diamond watches Quinn received
Players involved in investigation
  • Marvin Austin – Dismissed from the team Monday after the University discovered “ethical conduct” infractions the defensive tackle had committed.
  • Greg Little & Robert Quinn – Both were ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA on Monday for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules.
  • Kendric Burney & Deunta Williams – The NCAA suspended Burney for six games and Williams for four on Sept. 23. Burney received $1,333 in benefits. Williams received $1,426. The University appealed the suspensions and lost.
  • Bruce Carter & Quan Sturdivant – Both players were cleared on Sept. 3, the night before UNC’s game season-opener against LSU.
  • Shaun Draughn & Da’Norris Searcy – North Carolina withheld Draughn from its opening game against LSU, while Searcy was cleared to play against East Carolina.
  • Charles Brown, Michael McAdoo, Ryan Houston, Linwan Euwell, Brian Gupton, Devon Ramsay, Jonathan Smith – The NCAA and/or University has not ruled on these seven players yet.

Athletic director Dick Baddour said the University will honor all three players’ scholarships so long as they continue to make progress toward graduation, but the University will not appeal the NCAA’s decision and the trio will no longer practice with the team.

Baddour said the athletic department has finished investigating the rest of the team’s players with regards to interactions with agents and that no further players will be held out of competition for agent violations. An investigation into academic infractions is ongoing.

Little’s benefits reached approximately $4,952 and included a pair of diamond earrings and trips to the Bahamas, Washington, D.C., and Miami. Quinn’s gifts included two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and a trip to Miami, totaling approximately $5,642.

A statement issued by the NCAA said both Little and Quinn were “not truthful” during interviews and only came clean after being shown evidence that they had not been honest.

Though the NCAA had not yet concluded its investigation of Austin, the University decided to dismiss the defensive tackle after learning of “ethical conduct” infractions he had committed along with receiving improper benefits Baddour valued at $10,000 to $13,000.

Austin’s lawyer, Christopher Lyons of Miami, would not say whether Austin was planning to remain enrolled at UNC.

“Marvin will make that decision at the appropriate time,” Lyons said. “Right now he is concentrating on being positive and productive, and supporting his teammates.”

Both Davis and Baddour apologized to the University community and said they should have done more to prevent student-athletes from breaking NCAA rules.

“I can promise you that moving forward we’re going to do absolutely everything we can within this football program to restore the confidence of everyone that loves this University,” Davis said.

Baddour commended UNC’s compliance staff and reiterated that the University has been cooperative with the NCAA and would fight any charges of lack of institutional control.

Still, Baddour expressed disappointment in Little and Quinn for being dishonest with investigators on three separate occasions — even after he, Davis and members of the compliance staff had specifically told the players to be honest and forthcoming during the investigation.

“Of course I’m disappointed that these things occurred prior to our knowledge, but I am more disappointed that once the process started, that as it turns out we didn’t get from the beginning what you would want to get,” Baddour said.

While the news that the Tar Heels will be without last year’s leading receiver and two defensive line studs comes as a blow to fans and players, Davis said the team has been prepared to play without them since the investigation began in July.

Baddour said the end of the agent investigation grants the team some closure.

“We’ve been rolling without those guys for several months now,” quarterback T.J. Yates said.

“I think this team is going to do good moving forward since we’ve been able to have the success and be able to focus on the guys that are just out there on the field, so far.”

And despite the dual investigations into the football program, Baddour once again stated his support for the embattled head coach.

“I want to acknowledge this team and how well that they have represented the University, this coaching staff and how well they have prepared this team, and especially to Coach Davis for his cooperation,” Baddour said.

“Butch is absolutely committed to finding solutions for all of these issues and he has my complete support in doing so.”

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