Reports: NCAA back in Chapel Hill tonight; Hawkins arrested for felony drug charges

After a ‘lull’ in news flow of a few days, followers the University of North Carolina’s multi-pronged investigations into academic fraud and athletic improprieties experienced quite an uptick in activity this evening. And, things aren’t going so well in Chapel Hill.

Around 11pm tonight, NFL Draft analyst, Aaron Aloysius reported the following on his Twitter account @AaronAloysius

Sources tell Tony Pauline that the NCAA is in Chapel Hill right now investigating Robert Quinn. http://bit.ly/d0kS2x

Also, a source has told Pauline that Quinn is “acting sort of like a guy who knows he’s going to be suspended for the year”

Rumors have been rampant for a couple of weeks that Robert Quinn has been shelved to the year – along with Marvin Austin, Greg Little, Kendrick Burney and Charles Brown. But, you’ll never get a straight answer from Butch Davis or the misinformation ministry in Chapel Hill…so, most people have just stopped asking the questions.

The folks from SynrgySports took a moment to throw their two cents into the ‘Tweetverse':

Pandora’s box, has definitely had its lid blown off, but the focus is still primarily on the players. That will change soon enough.

Chris Hawkins Arrested in 2009 On Felony Drug Charges

It was previously learned today that a former North Carolina football player central to the NCAA’s four game suspension of University of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green is now facing major felony drug charges in Georgia.  Chris Hawkins, a former Tar Heel player and roommate of former UNC running back Willie Parker, is said to be a frequent visitor to the UNC football facilities is also accused by the NCAA of purchasing a game-worn University of Georgia jersey from Green, an NCAA violation that will force Green to sit out a total of 4 games this season.

As has become standard with the current situation in Chapel Hill, it is a national media outlet – not a local paper of record – that scooped the breaking news.
ESPN reports that:

Hawkins, who played at North Carolina from 2001-03 before finishing his college career at Marshall, was arrested by Georgia State Patrol officers on April 23, 2009 on felony charges of trafficking cocaine and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN.com on Wednesday, Hawkins was pulled over by a Georgia State Patrol officer while driving a U-haul moving truck on I-20 near Madison, Ga., which is about 60 miles east of Atlanta. The report said Hawkins was cited for driving without wearing a seat belt, and officers later discovered a small amount of marijuana in his pocket.

After Hawkins refused to allow officers to search the contents of the moving truck, a drug-detecting dog indicated drugs were in the back of the box truck. According to the police report, officers discovered a paper sack containing a baseball-sized amount of base cocaine, which weighed about three ounces and was covered in peanut butter and pepper.

Hawkins, from Kinston, N.C., spent 20 days in the Morgan County (Ga.) Detention Center until he was released on $50,000 bail. Hawkins is scheduled to appear in Morgan County Superior Court on Oct. 18.

It is good to know that peanut butter and pepper do not fool police drug dogs!  Those dogs are way to smart for that trick!  However, if Hunter remembers Beverly Hills Cop, he no doubt knows that Axle Foley says that coffee grounds can throw off the drug dogs.  So next time perhaps he will try that.

It’s believed that AJ Green was introduced to Hawkins by current UNC defensive end Robert Quinn, who developed a relationship on Facebook. Robert Quinn. Interesting. His name has appeared somewhere else today.

Given the shady nature of Hawkins, it’s pretty easy to see why former UNC head coach John Bunting – a man known for his long patience with scofflaw players – finally reached the end of his proverbial rope and ultimately cut Hawkins loose from his program.

If you read the second half of this entry from last Friday, you can educated yourself on Hawkins’ extremely deep and intimate connection to Davis’ current UNC program.  An excerpt from the ESPN article linked in that piece was quoted by us then and seems even more germane now:

A UNC official said Thursday Hawkins has frequently visited North Carolina’s football facility during the past few years, including a visit this summer in which he worked out with Parker in the team’s weight room. The school official said Hawkins often described himself as Parker’s manager.

The Million Dollar Question is this: given Hawkins’ history with UNC, why did Butch Davis give him the run of UNC’s football center? Did he visit there after his arrest on felony drug charges that are almost certain to gain him guest status in the Georgia Penal System?  The quote from the ESPN article seems to indicate so!  Wow!  How out of control was it over there!?

Surely John Bunting’s number is on Davis’s speed-dial.  After all, Bunting is a UNC alumnus and has many informal ties with the UNC Athletic Department if not Davis himself.  No doubt Bunting would have given Davis and/or any member of Davis’s staff enough information to give them great pause when someone like Chris Hawkins showed up at their football fortress.

Ask yourself this simple question: if you had kids, even kids in college, would you want a man who was an accused drug mule hanging around your house with your kids?  Of course you wouldn’t.  No responsible parent would.  Davis, a man who in the past has stated that he is like a father to his players, apparently didn’t mind, however.  Either he didn’t do his homework or he didn’t care. Either way, the record is showing more and more that he was asleep at the wheel.

As we wrap tonight, we’ll leave you with some more tweets from SynrgySports originally posted last week when the original story on Chris Hawkins’ connections to AJ Green and the UNC program broke:

Here’s the truth: Hawkins situation is scary & cld be enough alone to do damage to UNC, but Blake situation makes Hawkins look like an angel

Food 4 thought: If Hawkins says it’s no big deal 2 throw ‘pocket change’ ($1000) @ AJ Green, what r chances he threw pocket change @ others? 9:27 AM Sep 13th via web

What r implications 4 UNC re Hawkins? He’s been working out in their facilities, courting their plyrs, & travlng w them 2 meet agents. Scary

Yahoo! article on Hawkins indicates that he HAS been asking for extra bennies. Make sense why the NCAA found him to be an ‘agent’ now?

From Yahoo! article: “Per our sources, Hawkins has been arranging meetings for players with agents and has requested extra benefits.”

Given the tornado of trouble surrounding Hawkins and his association with current UNC players, once again, asking the question of whether there was a profound “lack of institutional control” by the adults ostensibly in control of UNC Football is a very legitimate one.

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44 Responses to Reports: NCAA back in Chapel Hill tonight; Hawkins arrested for felony drug charges

  1. ruffles31 09/15/2010 at 8:41 PM #

    Wow. Remember, this is the Carolina Way.

    I keep picturing Leslie Neilsen in the Naked Gun with the fireworks building blowing up in the background saying into the megaphone:

    “Move along. Move along. Nothing to see here. Nothing to see here.”

  2. GoldenChain 09/15/2010 at 8:45 PM #

    As an ABCer it just gets better and better!
    unx + chicks, agents, money, trips, cheating …. AND NOW DRUGS!

    Excuse me, I have to go get some lotion before …well you know…

  3. cWOhLFrPAiCKs 09/15/2010 at 8:53 PM #

    “The Million Dollar Question is this: given Hawkins’ history with UNC, why did Butch Davis give him the run of UNC’s football center?”

    That IS the Million Dollar Question, isn’t it? Was it because Butch and his Assistant Coach buddies were receiving big kick backs from the agents Hawkins is associated with? Remember: Just follow the money…

    I guess the other question now is, was he the main drug supply line for the athletic department, or just the football team?

  4. Plz2BStateFan 09/15/2010 at 8:56 PM #

    I think the question isn’t whether or not there was a lack of institutional control, its how far beyond a lack of institutional control it really goes.

    The narrative is trending towards how much worse is this than USC, not is this as bad as USC.

  5. ppack3 09/15/2010 at 9:04 PM #

    Note to self…The Peanut Butter and Pepper thing doesn’t work.

    Check

  6. Alpha Wolf 09/15/2010 at 9:19 PM #

    ^ yep, that’s me.

  7. Bowlpack 09/15/2010 at 9:22 PM #

    Having dealt with some folks that have had experience navigating the legal system in relation to felony drug charges, I know that these things can take large amounts of time to process when good lawyers are involved (assuming that Hawkins has lawyered up well). So, technically, by the letter of our judicial system he is innocent until proven guilty. This can certainly reflect poorly on his character and in the NCAA’s eyes could be a warning sign that warranting further probes into all aspects of the program and possibly UNC athletics as a whole is completely justified. However, I just see this as another interesting side note in the inevitable downfall of UNC’s FB program. Of course, I could be completely wrong and we could see Butch Davis turning a blind eye to drug dealing among his players (a la Quan Sturdivant) and would therefore force the BOG to terminate his contract as UNC certainly cannot handle that level of embarassment (like this isn’t enough for them – gluttons for punishment I suppose). It does beg the question if the players weren’t receiving large amounts of travel money from agents then were they generating it themselves via black market trade? Highly speculative, possibly slanderous, but food for thought…

  8. WV Wolf 09/15/2010 at 9:24 PM #

    Then there was this nugget of information:
    “Ironically, Pate said Parker purchased the furniture from a penthouse in the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, Fla., which was the site of at least two agent-related parties this past spring. The NCAA is investigating whether North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little violated its rules by attending the parties.”

    I don’t know if you can connect those dots or not but it would be awfully easy to do so.

  9. Alpha Wolf 09/15/2010 at 9:28 PM #

    Let’s be clear: I am NOT saying that Butch is letting players use or deal drugs.

    And yes, you ARE innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law. However, outside the courtroom, things are different.

    I wouldn’t want someone with major felony drug charges who has a troubled history with the coach I replaced hanging around, simply because the risk is too high. Maybe Hawkins is innocent and the cocaine was planted in the trailer unbeknownst to him. Maybe.

    Still, Bunting yanked his scholly and kicked off the team for a reason. Whatever that reason was, Butch should know that having him around is going to look bad. And it does look bad. It shows that a certain environment was tolerated or ignored. You can bet your last penny that there are parents of UNC players who never did a thing wrong over there that wouldn’t at all be pleased to know that their kid’s head coach was allowing that sort of fellow around their son.

  10. Plz2BStateFan 09/15/2010 at 9:37 PM #

    I am saying that Thorp is letting the entire athletic department buy sell and use cocaine……and meth…..

    hmmm, maybe I shouldnt be posting when I am tired….

  11. MattN 09/15/2010 at 9:41 PM #

    “As an ABCer it just gets better and better!
    unx + chicks, agents, money, trips, cheating …. AND NOW DRUGS!”

    All we need is some software piracy and we have a crime ring to make the Gambino family look like the Brady Bunch…

  12. Bowlpack 09/15/2010 at 9:47 PM #

    Alpha, agreed. My point is that I don’t think that we can immediately jump all over this aspect of the storyline…yet. I think the perception that these types of unsavory characters have any level of involvement is supremely damaging. Especially, in the eyes of future recruits and their parents when making that all important decision of where to attend school and play ball. The stench emanating out of Chapel Hole is downright unbearable and we will start to see the implications affecting them directly and indirectly. How it all plays out is still a huge question mark, but surely looks very damning at this point.

  13. wolf pack 09/15/2010 at 9:49 PM #

    I posted the other day, that I graduated highschool with him and doubted he would be an agent or involved in shady business. I guess I stand corrected, I hope he can get his act cleaned up. Also, looks like carolina needs a new head coach, there situation is looking bad.

  14. golf76 09/15/2010 at 10:02 PM #

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks.

  15. triadwolf 09/15/2010 at 10:27 PM #

    I just don’t see how Butch can survive this. Any NCSU coach with half as much smooke would have already been fired. There may not be any direct wrongdoing, but the number of fires popping up is warrants some significant action. I think UNC is beyond saving face; if they don’t take some action soon I think the NCAA may come down hard.

  16. RabidWolf 09/15/2010 at 10:28 PM #

    Makes me think of a scene from ‘Casino’. When DeNiro confronts the floor worker and tells him…..

    “EITHER YOU’RE TOO STUPID TO KNOW, OR YOU’RE IN ON IT”

  17. JeremyH 09/15/2010 at 10:47 PM #

    What an absolute debacle, and how embarrassing is this whole situation for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

    now reminded of a scene from the movie `Jerry Maguire’, where Tom Cruise’s character says “How do I spin this?” and Kelly Preston’s character responds “Honey, it’s spun!”

  18. newt 09/15/2010 at 10:51 PM #

    Just for fun, here’s UNC on why Doherty needed to resign (nothing to do with wins and losses!):

    “Carolina basketball has always had a higher standard than perhaps any other program in the country,” Moeser said, “not just for winning, but for the quality and character of the program and the people in it. The issue here is not basketball, not wins and losses, or the players running the program. It’s about leadership.

    “At Carolina, we talk about student-athletes and teacher-coaches. To be sure, we want good athletes and we want to win, but on this campus coaches are also responsible for creating an environment for learning, for character development, for building a team of good leaders and good citizens. That’s the Carolina standard.”

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/104715/

    F-ing hypocrites.

  19. Wufpacker 09/15/2010 at 11:13 PM #

    So, if Hawkins is not and has never been involved with drugs, etc., AND no one he associates with is either (including Parker, I presume)….then why refuse to let the cops search the truck?

    I know, I know…it’s within his rights. But if he REALLY thinks there’s nothing to find wouldn’t it be faster and easier to just give consent?

    And do we really believe that Hawkins was moving furniture for Parker, who apparently bought this furniture from the hotel penthouse (yeah, THAT hotel), which was apparently inhabited by either the most absent minded or just plain stupidest coke user/dealer who ever lived?

    Three ounces of cocaine is a LOT of cocaine (approx. 85 grams). That’s in the territory of either an extremely addicted user OR a dealer (or both). Either way, that person is NOT going to sell off their furniture and have it picked up and moved out without realizing they’ve left three ounces of coke in it somewhere.

    And packing it inside of things, peanut butter and pepper for example, is NOT what someone who is using and/or dealing would do. It makes it too inconvenient and messy to get to either to use or to sell. That’s what you do when you’re moving it and don’t want it found.

    I mean c’mon. I can believe something unusual could happen. But ALL of these things are coincidence? Seriously?

    So, maybe Hawkins is telling the truth. But if he is, someone needs to get a sample of Parker’s urine.

  20. blpack 09/15/2010 at 11:34 PM #

    What a surprise! The independent inquiry will go through all the varied layers of this scandal and come out with a laundry list of recommendations for the new chancellor and AD over at UNC-cheat.

  21. statered 09/15/2010 at 11:41 PM #

    Please remember that just recently Hawkins was in Atlanta, Miami and vegas I think with MA and others. He wasn’t just hanging out in Kenan with players. How much you want to bet he was a the player parties put on by Tim Harrington in Chapel Hill too?

  22. statered 09/16/2010 at 12:06 AM #

    Is the Omni owned by Winston Hospitality?

  23. Ismael 09/16/2010 at 3:47 AM #

    @Newt you’re a genius. We should start flooding IC boards with that quote. I can hear the comeback now: “but nothing substantive has been proven, show your sources”

  24. bradleyb123 09/16/2010 at 7:21 AM #

    Assuming there is plenty to punish the Holes for, how do you punish a team that doesn’t have many (any?) victories worth vacating? I’m afraid they’re just going to vacate a few meaningless wins, and suspend a handful of players for a few games, maybe some for the year, and that’s about it.

    For a team with plenty of depth, that’s not much of a punishment. As we saw against LSU, they can ride that out and still have a very decent year, especially when you consider the ugly losses that GT and VT have already suffered. UNX could come up and win the division, even WITH the suspensions.

    No, they need to be punished in such a way that it actually hurts them. A slap on the wrist won’t hurt them. They need scholarships cut, postseason bans, etc. They need to be punished in such a way that their program truly suffers, maybe to the point where they’ll dump BMFD. But I’m afraid they won’t. I’m afraid the fix is in and they’ll just get slapped on the wrist.

  25. bradleyb123 09/16/2010 at 7:23 AM #

    The narrative is trending towards how much worse is this than USC, not is this as bad as USC.

    And look at the difference between USC and UNX. At USC, they DISMISS their bad apples. At UNX, they merely SUSPEND theirs.

    I think they’re really still trying to salvage something this year.

    I hope the NCAA pimp-slaps them back to the stone age.

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