A couple of quotes from the Yahoo story:
University of Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus informed NCAA investigators that former University of North Carolina assistant coach John Blake recommended agent Gary Wichard to him in a phone conversation last summer, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The sources said Dareus was extremely cooperative while describing his relationship with Blake to investigators, explaining that the former Tar Heels coach recruited him while he was starring at Birmingham’s Huffman High School. The sources said Dareus told NCAA investigators that Blake had maintained contact with him since that recruitment, and that during the summer Blake called both Dareus and Dareus’ friend, South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders, to suggest they sign with Wichard. Both Dareus and Saunders were considered potential first-round picks entering this season.
The article also brings up Steve Spurrier’s comments about Blake’s reputation back in August. If you read between the lines, it sounds like Spurrier knew what UNC-CH Associate Head Coach John Blake was up to from the next state away but Butch Davis in the same locker room knew nothing. As Dr. Evil would say, Riiiiiiiight.
This might also explain why Marcell Dareus only got a 2 game suspension from the NCAA for being cooperative wouldn’t it?
The dots start to get connected regarding UNC-CH’s central role in this exploding scandal when you remember that according to this report , Marvin Austin paid for Dareus’ plane flight to Miami and arranged for his hotel room so Dareus could attend the Miami agent party. Where did Austin get the money? How many other plane flights and hotel rooms did Mavin pay for surrounding that party? What was UNC-CH Associate Head Coach John Blake’s role?
A followup to the last Yahoo story, Charles Robinson (@WindyCityScribe) also shared on Twitter some info on the conflicting dates on the financial transactions between Wichard and Blake. Blake’s lawyers claim the payments stopped 3 years ago before Blake came to UNC. Robinson however said:
John Blake’s attorneys are incorrect about the Wichard wire transfers. Six transfers occurred when Blake was a UNC coach. Seeking comment.
Spoke to Blake’s attorneys. They are gathering the financial records and have agreed to be interviewed on Monday. The reporting was right.
UNC fans who want the dates, they’ll be in there for you when these attorneys speak to me and I write it. Again, the reporting was correct.
Last time I’m going to say it before I write my next piece: Gary Wichard wired money to John Blake six times when Blake was a coach at UNC.
Maybe that piece will be the next late night bombshell aiming for those pine trees at Kenan Stadium.