^Marvin enjoys the LSU game (Picture courtesy of News & Observer/Ethan Hyman
I have to admit that the Daily Tar Heel has done some good reporting on this scandal. There does not appear to be much new going on tonight, so I am going to go through a few things they have done recently that are worth your attention and hit issues that are sure to be continuing themes.
I particularly like this graphic because it reminds me of an RICO chart you might see in a mafia movie. The sizing really does not work to present it well here, but you can go to the excellent DTH presentation and zoom in and out and read everything. It is really neat.
The Daily Tar Heel also put together this article that has a quote I have not seen anywhere else:
Hawkins said he was truthful when he spoke to NCAA investigators during the summer.
“When Baddour called me and asked me to speak for them on behalf of the Carolina guys I was like, ‘Cool, they haven’t done anything wrong,’” Hawkins said. “And they still punished the guys.”
Wow! If I’m Baddour I am not sure that I would choose the ubiquitous Hawkins as my spokesman, given that he is considered an agent by the NCAA and was arrested on felony cocaine trafficking charges in 2009.
The DTH also published this article, which has the following hilarious quote from Butch Davis.
“We’ve already put some things in place that I think are going to make us better,” Davis said before practice Thursday. “There’s things that we’re doing with the players to find out where they’re going, and some of their associations, and how they’re getting to certain places.’
Let’s translate some of that. By “already” I guess Butch could mean “over three months after some of my players attended an agent party in Miami (that even more knew about).” By “some of their associations” Butch could mean “agents” and/or “tutors fired by the University.” The UNC players have jetted around so much that “certain places” could mean Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta, or California.
More from The DTH:
Wednesday night, former UNC football player Chris Hawkins identified former UNC defensive back Mahlon Carey as the person who hosted Burney in Atlanta. It was one of three trips under review that the NCAA says Burney took.
Hawkins said he and Carey are a part of Rude Boyz, an unofficial group of former and current UNC defensive backs.
“That’s been there for a long time,” Hawkins said. “Way before even (current NFL player Dre’) Bly was there, so we try to stick together all the time.”
So now we have a group of characters potentially added to this story who have named themselves the Rude Boyz. This group may include every former and current UNC defensive back going back to the days of Dre Bly who was drafted in 1999. Also, this is the first time Mahlon Carey has been mentioned and it raises the possibility that these sort of trips/benefits could go back much further in time than the recent escapades to Atlanta, Las Vegas, Miami, and California in 2009 and 2010.